Brazil’s Supreme Court Rule Animal Sacrifice in Religious Ceremony is Legal

The ruling overturned a decision by a state court in Rio Grande do Sul, which prohibited various actions considered cruel to animals, including ritual sacrifices in African cults and liturgies.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – In the presence of several representatives of Afro-Brazilian religions, Brazil’s Supreme Court (STF) unanimously agreed on Thursday over the constitutionality of animal sacrifice during Afro-Brazilian religious ceremonies.

"It is constitutional the law of animal protection that, in order to safeguard religious freedom, allows the ritual sacrifice of animals in religions of African religions," read the statement issued by the STF after the trial.

The ruling overturned a decision by courts in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, which created the State Code of Protection of Animals . . .

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