Parks have become a commonplace location to find animal remains related to possible ritual sacrifices. It would be less icky if people kept this kind of stuff to themselves.
Animal welfare officials are investigating whether a religious or ritualistic practice was behind the death of nine animals — six chickens, a pygmy goat and two pigeons — whose carcasses were found along an isolated path of Rock Creek Park in the District.
Some of the animals had been decapitated. Some still had their heads, but their throats had been slashed. Investigators believe they were killed elsewhere and dumped in the park.
The carcasses were taken Wednesday to a laboratory in Virginia for necropsies. Veterinarians and investigators will look for clues that could point to a specific group or individual.
U.S. Park Police and Humane Society officials said the uniform way each of the chickens was killed has led investigators to believe that the killings were part of a ritualistic or religious practice. They believe that the animals were dumped along the path before snow started falling Tuesday morning.
Giacoppo said investigators will look into whether the deaths were related to the religion of Santeria, which has West African and Caribbean ties.
We’ve covered several stories about the religion of Santeria in the past, which practices animal sacrifice.
But whether done in a religious ritual or not, the culprits might avoid jail and fines as long as it can be proven the killings were done humanely, as long as the decapitations resulted in instant death. Yes, animal sacrifices are not illegal, as long as they are farm animals. However, the source of Santeria info in this story says the carcasses should have been buried.
There is the obligatory mention of the “demonic” at the end of the piece. It’s out of place saying that there would have been organs gone, etc. How do they know? Santanic crime is practically nonexistant and typically conflated with Santeria.