Josh Gore, reporter for Florida Keys News–Islamorada/Key Largo Free Press, published a story on April 2nd titled, “Authorities: Dead animals could be linked to Santeria,” after dead animals were found in a canal in the Port Largo Villa’s:
More than two dozen birds, including chickens, and at least one goat body was found in the Port Largo Villa’s canal, according to property officials.
“This was really freaking out our guests,” said manager Marcy Myers.
Two weekends in March, Myers was alerted by patrons that animals’ bodies were floating up near the docks. In one instance, the body had been placed in plastic bags. She suggested the actions could be linked to Santeria, a religious practice that employs the sacrifice of live animals.
Is this truly the actions of Santería practitioners? Many sources, including this BBC article about the Lukumi religion, state that animal sacrifices are typically consumed.
Check out a recent post on the Wild Hunt blog about blood sacrifice in the Neo-Pagan and polytheist communities.