Ritual Killing v. Factory Farming, or, Are There Roosters in Heaven?
On August 16, city inspectors closed down William Camacho’s barbershop on Pleasant Street in New Bedford, Massachusetts after they discovered three chickens, two pigeons, and four roosters in the basement. Votive candles and saint statues surrounded the birds, one of which was dead and placed neatly in a box. When is religious ritual a way to honor the positive powers of good, and when is it “devil-worshipping, occult, black magic”? Why is transubstantiation of a cracker less wacky than the wringing of a chicken’s neck that was bound for a dinner plate already?Read More