Who is dumping dead birds in Las Vegas back alley?

The decapitated chickens and pigeons were dumped after being drained of blood in what appears to be related to religious sacrifice. Can’t say I’m a fan of this or any religion that requires you to KILL another living thing for superstitious reasons. Wasteful and in this case, gruesome and unsanitary.

Headless birds turning up in Las Vegas neighborhood – 8 News NOW.

Piles of beheaded birds are being mysteriously dumped on some streets in the Las Vegas valley’s east side.

One business on Charleston Boulevard is forced to deal with the stench of rotting carcasses twice a month.

The beheaded chickens and pigeons could be part of a religious ritual.

As we’ve heard of before, animal carcasses suspected to be from Santeria rituals have been discarded in inappropriate ways. This presents a health hazard and in the blazing desert heat, is very unpleasant. What a waste. Remember that animal sacrifice of this kind may not be illegal if done humanely but dumping the dead bodies is a crime.

I did find it unusual that the animals were not eaten. However, this piece from the BBC notes that if it is thought that sickness will pass to the animals through a death spell, it will not be eaten. It does seem disrespectful to discard the used bodies in a back alley. It would be interesting to see really what is behind the animal deaths.

Animals are cooked and eaten following all Santeria rituals (except healing and death rites, where the sickness is believed to pass into the dead animal). Eating the sacrificed animal is considered a sharing with the Orisha, who only consumes the animal’s blood, while the worshippers eat the meat.

Sacrificial animals include chickens (the most common), pigeons, doves, ducks, guinea pigs, goats, sheep, and turtles.

The USA Supreme Court has stated (Church of Lukumi Babalu Aye v. City of Hialeah, 1993 – see related links) that it is constitutional for Santeria worshippers to kill animals for such a ritual sacrifice.

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  1. May 11, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    I volunteered with and for awhile was president of a local park group in Philadelphia. Headless chickens, pigeons and sometimes goats attributed to Santaria rituals were routinely but not very frequently found in the park. This is a long, over 3 miles, and narrow park with a creek at it’s core. What I recall from what we were told was that the animals were killed and/or placed along streams and sometimes roadways because of the association with transportation to other places. This looks more like the carcasses were just dumped wherever convenient. I suppose the practice probably has many variants.

    I found some of the dead animals myself. One incident was different. I remember walking along a path in the park on a late fall day and seeing a flicker of light under a park bench across on the other side of the creek. When I got closer I saw that it was a burning candle, and since there were fallen leaves everywhere I went to put it out. When I did I saw that there was a live chicken nearby. Almost all the sacrificed birds I remember seeing were white but this one was dark. I don’t know if that’s significant or not. I tried to catch it the next couple of days without success. I didn’t see it after that and figured a predator — an owl, raccoon, or even coyote likely got it.

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