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Animal sacrifice is no longer practiced in modern Paganism.

 

Some traditionalists who require blood for example, will usually purchase dessicated blood from their local butcher and mix it with water as and when required for rituals or ceremonies, however the use of actual blood is relatively rare, with red wine often used instead.

 

Most Pagans are environmentally aware and are also vehemant animal welfare supporters; many of the tenets within Paganism reiterates our place within a system in which all life is sacred. Many Pagans are involved in pro-animal welfare activism, whether it be volunteering at the local cat shelter or high profile activism such as hunt sabotage, anti badger cull protests or Greenpeace activities.

 

A regular issue is the killing or injuring of livestock and cattle which, when reported locally, inevitably and inaccurately includes a reference to either the Travelling fraternity, Satanism or Paganism - oftentimes confusing the latter. This issue is perpetuated without any base in evidence so regularly that the Police Pagan Association are often involved in challenging and educating police officers, local authorities, animal charity workers and regional media responsible for providing misinformation via inaccurate tabloid articles.

 

Often the injuries are found to have been inflicted due to environmental or health factors; to date no Pagan has been arrested for tampering, injuring or killing livestock or horses. The Police Pagan Association is currently drafting an Equine Guidance policy which will be available via the DOWNLOADS page soon.

 

Many Pagan ceremonies involve the deification or reverence of an animal associated with the relevant season i.e. the hare on Ostara. Some Pagan deities are initrinsically associated with animals with whom they share characteristics such as Epona, a Goddess of the Celtic pantheon who is associated with horses and is acknowledged in certain moon rituals.

 

Paganism is not Satan worship, nor is it black magic. Although certain aspects of Paganism such as Wicca are relatively modern revivals based on ancient practices and rituals, Paganism is not a new age religion. Although Pagan rituals have remained relatively unchanged since their inception, no Pagan rituals today involve the harming or sacrifice of animals or humans. Paganism is very different to the exaggerated imagery and practices portrayed in the media.

 

For more information of Paganism and our beliefs in relation to the sacredness of all life please refer to the PAGANISM page.

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