Texas Priest Can Resume Animal Sacrifices…for Now

Thu, Aug 27, 2009

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Texas Priest Can Resume Animal Sacrifices…for Now

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a district court’s ruling, paving the way for Jose Merced, a Santeria priest and Puerto Rico native, resideing in Euless to resume animal sacrifices as part of his religious ceremonies.

U.S. District Judge John McBryde sided with the city last year and dismissed Merced’s claims. The case went to the federal appeals court in New Orleans in April.

Merced’s lawyer, Eric Rassbach, said it was a great day for religious freedom in Texas. But Euless’ attorney, William “Mick” McKamie, said he plans to file a motion for a rehearing.

City officials have said animal sacrifices jeopardize public health and violate Euless’ slaughterhouse and animal-cruelty ordinances.

“It’s repulsive, and it has no business in an urban environment,” McKamie said after the April hearing in New Orleans.

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