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Unformatted text preview: 25 From the Editors’ Preface: “Animal Sacrifice and Religious Freedom is a riveting account of a freedom of worship case [Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye v. City of Hialeah] with more twists and turns, bizarre subplots, and eccentric characters than a classics whodunit. The outline of the story seems clear enough. Ernesto Pichardo, a Cuban immigrant in the 1960s and a self-styled priest of Santeria, sets up a new church in Florida. The sect is an old one, fusing Afro-Cuban ancestor worship, African rituals, and Roman Catholic saints, but Pichardo’s version of it emphasizes its African religious roots and universal truths. Central to these are ritual sacrifices of animals to propitiate the orishas, African ancestral deities. But Pichardo is not of African ancestry, and from its inception his church faces criticism from other adherents of Santeria, the Cuban community, and animal rights advocates.” Regan, Tom Defending Animal Rights Chicago, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 2001 HV 4711 R366 Regan, Tom Empty Cages: Facing the Challenge of Animal Rights Lanham, Maryla...
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