“…they told officers that they had sacrificed a sheep, which they bought for about $150 from a farm near Hwy. 27 in York Region, and slaughtered it for good luck.”
We are not told the origin or religion of the perpetrators, although Santerians are known to sacrifice animals for good luck. As one website rather wryly notes, “There has been considerable friction between Santerians and groups promoting the care and treatment of animals.”
Sheep slaughtered in city park
Rob Lamberti: July 30th, 2011
TORONTO – Toronto Police are seeking advice from a Crown attorney to determine if any charges apply to two men who allegedly sacrificed a sheep in a North York park for good luck.
Cops found the disturbing scene in Rowntree Mills Park around 10:25 p.m. Friday after tracing a car they believed was involved in a kidnapping, sources said.
Police were called by a woman claiming she saw someone trying to escape from the trunk of a car. She managed to get the licence plate and officers later found the vehicle in the Islington and Finch Aves. area park.
Officers found duct tape, binding twine and excrement inside the trunk.
Moments after finding the car, two men came running towards the car and they were taken into custody, sources said.
But they told officers that they had sacrificed a sheep, which they bought for about $150 from a farm near Hwy. 27 in York Region, and slaughtered it for good luck.
Stunned officers found the sheep, the bloodied rock where the slaughter occurred and a ceramic bowl used in some sort of religious rite to ensure good fortune, along with two bloodied knives and a meat cleaver.
Police aren’t sure the Criminal Code covers the killing of livestock in the same manner as it would a pet and are seeking advice from a Crown, sources said.
See original here.
See “The silencing of the lambs” (November 20th, 2010) here.