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Man admits dead animals part of Santeria ritual

Mon, Jul 7, 2008

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It’s still so amazing that the large number of people practicing Traditional African Religion don’t realize their rituals are protected by law. The story below details a man needlessly pleading guilty to animal cruetly charges, when he was only guilty of littering and sanitation violations. Please fight your rights!

As a sidebar we should all be cognizant of how we interpet and implement our spiritual rites. We have to remain clean (upright) and focused, so that we can avoid unnecessary harassement from the law. On the other side of the coin, we should expect that African Deities may use some of us to challenge the legal system, but we have to prepared for such situations. Knowing the law is the first battle. If anyone knows the gentlemen in this article, please have him consult a real attorney that is familar with CHURCH OF LUKUMI BABALU AYE v. CITY OF HIALEAH, 508 U.S. 520 (1993)

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SPRING LAKE — A North Bergen man pleaded guilty to animal cruelty in municipal court Wednesday after admitting he was responsible for animal carcasses found on the shore here as part of a Santeria religious ritual.

Alain Hernandez, 29, said the animals had been killed in North Bergen and then brought to Spring Lake as part of a ritual designed to generate wealth, according to a statement he made to investigators.

On Wednesday he pleaded guilty before Municipal Court Judge George Pappas to a disorderly persons offense of needlessly abusing and killing a living creature. Hernandez was assessed fines and restitution fees totaling $900.

The offense occurred in the early evening on April 27, police said.

Victor “Buddy” Amato, chief of police for the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said investigators were led to Hernandez after a passer-by thought his actions looked suspicious and jotted down his license plate number.

Police later found chicken carcasses, dead fish, fruits and a dollar bill scattered on the beach where Hernandez had been, Amato said.

“He said his mother is a practicing Santeria priestess, but another Santero did the ritual and told him to put the animal carcasses in a wealthy community for better results,” Amato said.

That’s why he chose Spring Lake, Amato added.

Hernandez’s attorney, Mark Rothman, did not return a call seeking comment.

Source:  APP

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  1. James L. Nammack Says:

    The U.S Supreme Court ruled in 1993 that animal sacrifice was a constitutionally protected religious right. Somebody needs to clue these people in.

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