El sacrificio de animales, un derecho no necesariamente garantizado

El trato humao de los animales es imperativo


No hay absolutos cuando se trata de derechos. El sistema legal en los Estados Unidos permite el continuo desafío de toda y cualquier ley. Por lo tanto, los derechos ganados con gran dificultad tal como el del sacrificio de animales el cual tomó años y enormes recursos y que se ganó a nivel del Tribunal Supremo de los Estados Unidos es y siempre será susceptible de impugnación.

Es imperativo que todos los seguidores de la comunidad Lukumí y de todas las demás religiones tradicionales africanas estén plenamente conscientes de que su conducta y comportamiento cuando al realizar sacrificio de animales estará siempre bajo escrutinio y que no sólo afecta a la gente de sus ilés (casas de santo), sino también la comunidad en general. No hay manera de eludir esta realidad.

Un acontecimiento reciente, la detención el pasado 11 de julio de 2011 de Raúl Armenteros, una estrella cubana del porno que transportaba los animales en una camioneta con las ventanas cerradas y bajo condiciones de calor sofocante en Miami, Florida, arroja una luz negativa sobre nuestra comunidad, no una vez, pero con el doble de potencia.

En primer lugar, su profesión no es un reflejo positivo en nuestra comunidad, pero de nuevo, estoy seguro de que hay cristianos, judíos y budistas que son estrellas porno que se encuentran por ahí. La cuestión es que no los he visto arrestados por transportar estúpidamente a animales para sacrificios de santería y por tanto centrando atención excesiva y perjudicial sobre nuestra comunidad. Francamente estoy disgustada por la atención negativa y creo que todo el peso de la ley debe caer sobre este individuo por su falta de juicio.

Ningún derecho es eterno. Si hemos de preservar la integridad de nuestra religión, es fundamental que sigamos teniendo el derecho de sacrificio de animales. Sin sangre no hay nacimiento de Orishas, es tan simple como eso.

¿Qué hacer como comunidad?

Los ilés tienen la necesidad de tener como parte de su capacitación a miembros una discusión seria sobre la fragilidad de nuestros derechos al sacrificio de animales. Estos derechos deben ser preservados a toda costa y sobre el rol que todo seguidor de la religión yoruba tiene de actuar responsablemente y con decoro y respeto al prepararnos para realizar un sacrificio de animales. Parte de esto es impartir entre los miembros del ilé directrices claras con respecto de lo que es necesario en el proceso de compra, transporte, mantenimiento y sacrificio de un animal. Sin embargo, la mera educación no es lo único que evitará el manejo inadecuado de animales. Los ilés también debe considerar cuidadosamente una serie de multas a ser impuestas de romperse las reglas ya que algunas personas sólo aprenden a golpes y los errores cometidos por un solo individuo pueden y contribuirán a erosionar los derechos que han sido ganados con mucho esfuerzo y que ahora muchos gozan pensando que son eternos.

Permítanme repetir esto para mayor claridad: No hay derecho que sea eterno.

Aquí hay algunos temas clave para conversación y debate en todo ilé respetable:

1. Selección de animales para el sacrificio
2. Manejo de las aves de corral y animales de cuatro patas
3. La adecuada selección de vehículos para el transporte de animales
4. Jaulas (las dimensiones deben permitir que el animal de pie cómodamente y tener una ventilación adecuada)
5. Los animales deben tener acceso a los alimentos y a agua si hay que esperar para sacrificarlos
6. ¿Qué hacer si un agente de la ley y el orden detiene a un miembro del ilé?
7. Consideración de la comunidad en general y su sensibilidad. El hecho de que los seguidores de la religión yoruba practiquen el sacrificio de animales y de que tenemos el derecho de hacerlo, no lo hace aceptable para personas de otras religiones y no tenemos porque metérselo por las narices a otras personas. La arrogancia es peligrosa.
8. Sea prudente con sus prácticas y no ande alardeando sobre sus derechos
9. Infórmese y entienda las ordenanzas locales de saneamiento de su región
10. Sepa cómo deshacerse de desperdicios rituales de manera conforme a las especificaciones rituales, a las reglas de saneamiento locales y usando el sentido común. El contaminar fuentes de agua, las esquinas de las calles y espacios públicos no es una opción.

Este es un llamado serio a la acción a todos los padrinos y a todo seguidor responsable de las religiones tradicionales africanas. Es imperativo tomar medidas adecuadas para preservar los derechos que tenemos. Esto no es una cuestión que debe tomarse a la ligera y sin duda es algo que no se pueden barrer bajo una alfombra.

Además, hay un problema subyacente que también es necesario abordar y que es la calidad de los iniciados seguimos permitiendo que en nuestras rangos. Piense en ello. Nos debemos reservar el derecho a elegir quién entra o quién no en nuestro iles.

Ciertamente, el orisha selecciona cabezas, pero los que iniciamos no tenemos la cabeza de adorno y el dinero no debe ser el único criterio de admisión en nuestras casas de santo. Dime quien te acompaña y te diré quién eres. Del mismo modo, su carácter se refleja en la manera en la trata y cuida de la vida que ofrecerá a los orishas ya sea para aplacarlos, para una iniciación o en agradecimiento por un favor otorgado.

Sólo hay una manera de hacer las cosas, y es la manera correcta y de esta manera podremos preservar nuestros derechos. ¿He dicho esto antes? Ningún derecho es eterno.

Omimelli
Oní Yemayá Achagbá

Artículos de referencia:
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/crime/mh-raul-armenteros-animal-cruelty-20110722,0,248367.story
http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/07/22/2326852_miami-porn-star-jailed-but-not.html#storylink=addthis

About Omimelli

I am a Olosha or Santera and for years I have been at the service of the Orisha and the community. I am initiated to Yemayá and my father in osha is Aganjú. I am also an initiate of Palo Mayombe and hold the title of Yaya Nkisi. As part of my daily devotional I spend time at my bóveda and work with my spirits on regular basis.
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40 Responses to El sacrificio de animales, un derecho no necesariamente garantizado

  1. baby face says:

    no entiendo mucho uds estan a favor del sacrificio pero no del maltrato animal?

    • Omimelli says:

      Baby Face,

      El sacrificio de animales es parte de los rituales fundamentales en la santería, por tanto sí estamos a favor del mismo.

      Nunca se está ni se estará a favor del maltrato de ningún animal. El sacrificar a un animal no tiene porqué ser equiparado con maltrato. Por el contrario se trata a ese animal con respeto y se sacrifica de la manera más rápida y humana posible para que no sufra.

      Espero que eso aclare lo que no hayas podido entender.

      Omimelli

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