Please Sign this Petition

Lukumi elder Oba Pichardo, whose case against the city of Hialeah, FL led to a landmark Supreme Court decision, is circulating a petition asking for action from Federal, state and local officials asking them to investigate and stop actions aimed at shutting down the practice of animal sacrifice.  This is a practice central and sacred to many religions, and the attempts to stop it are religious persecution.  Furthermore, this is a wedge issue that is often used to discriminate against minority faiths by officials who are racists, religious bigots, or corrupt.  It isn’t just a problem in Florida- the persecution and extremist activities described in the petition are ongoing in many states, and also in other countries.

Even if your religion, tradition or path doesn’t practice sacrifice, this is important- minority religions are subject to ongoing harassment and persecution of all kinds.  We’ve gained ground, but we still have to defend our First Amendment rights.  The extremists are targeting more mainstream faiths, too- some of their actions are aimed at halal and kosher butchers, for example.

I support humane treatment of animals, and I hope you do, too.  But I don’t support shrill extremists who want to force their parareligious doctrine on the rest of humanity.