Target: Scott Giacoppo, vice president of Washington Humane Society
Goal: Investigate the deaths of eight animals found at Rock Creek Park in Washington
Animal safety officials are investigating how the remains of six chickens, a goat, and two birds with their throats slit were left along a secluded location in Rock Creek Park in Washington. An individual walking past a hidden spot in the park discovered the animals. The investigators and Humane Society officials are questioning the deaths of these animals because of the way they were found. They all appeared to be killed in the same manner.
The United States park police think that the animals were part of a cult sacrifice or ceremonial practice of some sort. The authorities believe that the animals were killed or “sacrificed” somewhere else and then discarded along the path. The authorities have since sent the animal carcasses to an animal pathologist to determine whether or not the animals were treated humanely.
Several religions practice animal sacrifices and America legally protects some religions that practice this, such as Jewish and Muslim sacred slaughters. They call the animal sacrifice a “ritual slaughter,” and kill the animal to offer it to their divine agency. Some states have tried to ban animal sacrifices but have failed on the grounds that it violates religious freedom. Whether or not this specific incident is found to be a religious slaughter may depend on how much further the investigation looks.
Please sign this petition so that the Washington Humane Society and the local police department continue their investigation into this tragic incident.
Dear Scott Giacoppo, vice president of Washington Humane Society,
Thank you for opening an investigation into the unusual deaths of nine animals at Rock Creek Park. It must have been a terrifying sight for the individual who found the remains of these animals with their throats sliced. Although police officials are claiming that it must have been a religious sacrifice, the way that the person left the remains of the animals in the park makes it seem like it was not one.
Most religious sacrifices are not handled in that manner. Many different forms of sacrifice are practiced among many religions and cultures and none of them ever leave the animal on the side of a public area like this one. Only further investigation will be able to reveal the truth. Please continue to look into this horrible situation.
[Your Name Here]
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