Animal sacrifice site found at Elkhor...

Animal sacrifice site found at Elkhorn Slough

There are 30 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Jul 23, 2009, titled Animal sacrifice site found at Elkhorn Slough. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

A student volunteer helping with shark research at Elkhorn Slough discovered something a bit more grisly, a makeshift blood-spattered shrine.

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duh

Santa Cruz, CA

#1 Jul 23, 2009
Murdered chickens???? Anyone been inside a factory farm lately?
odie

Rio Rancho, NM

#3 Jul 23, 2009
Stupid Meth-heads. next it will be children

Since: May 08

Santa Cruz, CA

#4 Jul 23, 2009
Sensationalist, much?

Chicken heads and feet? Sounds like what's left after one slaughters a chicken, not animal mutilation.

I used to play with severed chicken feet - you can pull the tendons to make the claws retract.(Of course, the chickens had no use for their feet anymore by that point.)
jeffreynewell

United States

#5 Jul 23, 2009
let's not forget that 2000 years ago the jewish religion participated in animal sacrifice.
Nigel Self

Santa Cruz, CA

#7 Jul 23, 2009
Guess the synonym for "wafers" is a dirty word.
Cynthia Matthews

Santa Rosa, CA

#8 Jul 23, 2009
That sounds hot!
Rocket J Squirrel

Santa Cruz, CA

#10 Jul 23, 2009
Lucas wrote:
The Mexicans have been doing this for a long time. Walk to the end of the wooden walkway at Kirby Park and climb the small hills on the right. There are several of these Santeria type shrines at the top.
That was my first thought too.
so what

Santa Cruz, CA

#11 Jul 23, 2009
jeffreynewell wrote:
let's not forget that 2000 years ago the jewish religion participated in animal sacrifice.
so what again...2000 years ago, come on...
Camp KFC

Millbrae, CA

#12 Jul 23, 2009
Xanthippe wrote:
Sensationalist, much?
Chicken heads and feet? Sounds like what's left after one slaughters a chicken, not animal mutilation.
My thoughts exactly, Xanthippe. I used to walk my dogs along the Watsonville Slough back when it had many homeless campers in it, and regularly found skins of goats, chicken heads, etc.,- next to barbecue pits. And like most Latinos, they also had religious shrines in their encampment. Perhaps the Sentinel will next try to link fur found at the site with bigfoot.
Know News

Soquel, CA

#13 Jul 23, 2009
Camp KFC wrote:
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My thoughts exactly, Xanthippe. I used to walk my dogs along the Watsonville Slough back when it had many homeless campers in it, and regularly found skins of goats, chicken heads, etc.,- next to barbecue pits. And like most Latinos, they also had religious shrines in their encampment. Perhaps the Sentinel will next try to link fur found at the site with bigfoot.
What manner of blasphemy is this? The Sentinel has spoken. End of story. Yours is not to question decisions of the all-mighty Sentinel Editorial Board. For shame.

You are nobody, and unless your credentials supercede the authority if the Sentinel Editorial Board, you will get nowhere. If you continue, if need be, what remains of your credibitu will be destroyed. Back off from this "crusade" now while you can.
Lucas

AOL

#14 Jul 23, 2009
Anyhow, the sites I'm talking about have incantations to the dead written on the candleholders. Also, they always leave a bouquet of flowers (as well as the animal parts and the empty booze containers). Check it out sometime. It's a beautiful walk and only about a mile. IF YOU GO: It's tick season so take the appropriate precautions.
jolio

Canyon Country, CA

#17 Jul 23, 2009
this is not good
Inspector Clouseau

Millbrae, CA

#19 Jul 23, 2009
I checked drippings police thought were incense mixed with sacrifical blood. Turned out to just be A-1 steak sauce. That probably won't make tomorrow's Sentinel. C'est fini!
Twocents

United States

#20 Jul 23, 2009
Know News wrote:
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What manner of blasphemy is this? The Sentinel has spoken. End of story. Yours is not to question decisions of the all-mighty Sentinel Editorial Board. For shame.
You are nobody, and unless your credentials supercede the authority if the Sentinel Editorial Board, you will get nowhere. If you continue, if need be, what remains of your credibitu will be destroyed. Back off from this "crusade" now while you can.
Whoa? Lots of steam you're venting. Did the Sentinel editorial staff toss your resume in the can again?
sheesh

United States

#21 Jul 23, 2009
Great! Now we have latino chicken gangs. Even chickens can't feel safe to scratch around south county.
Coulrophobia

Alviso, CA

#23 Jul 24, 2009
***"It was a gross scene," Van Sommeran said. "It's animal cruelty and a waste of food. They just murdered the chickens."

Ken Collins, a land steward with the Elkhorn Slough Foundation, said he had only seen photographs of the sites, but said the find was unique, though workers occasionally find goat carcasses by the road around Christmas, possibly the leftovers from holiday meals.

"We've never found anything so religious and violent on our properties," Collins said, adding he wasn't sure if "religious was the appropriate word."**

What arrogance! Of course this is someon'e religion, you snob! And do you REALLY think that people are driving out there to dump off their Christmas leftovers? How sheltered are you, Kenny?

And Van Sommeran... "murdered"? I'm a vegetarian, and even I find your statement embarrassing.

I don't like all that stuff being left on public land either, but you two need to educate yourselves and realize that these ceremonies are done where they because those locations are meaningful. You need to open your minds a bit and accept that not everyone follows "clean and tidy" religions. I used to walk in a place where I frequently found the leavings of Santeria rites. The strangest thing I came across was a set of testicles -- probably goat -- hanging from a tree branch, at a crossroads.

I was baptised Catholic, and grew up taking Communion -- taking a wafer into my mouth and (later, as the Mass changed) sipping wine from the chalice, while the priest said it was the body and blood of Jesus Christ.

All religions are odd when looked at from the outside.
Know News

Soquel, CA

#24 Jul 24, 2009
Twocents wrote:
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Whoa? Lots of steam you're venting. Did the Sentinel editorial staff toss your resume in the can again?
HaHaHa. What wit! What candor! Such insight! YOU'RE HIRED for Sentinel hack stringer. We'll call you when we need you. One day, if you're real nice to us, and turn in well-firewalled puff pieces ON DEMAND, you may even get a full-time position that lasts six months!!

BTW, my favorite recent Sentinel "reporting" critique is of the event in Live Oak near the PG&E substation, when the power line "toppled" and "fell", and NO REASON is given, EVER.

But I digress. The Sentinel rules. Now, then (in the most-glorious, see, hear, speak no evil of an insider or advertiser McPherson days), and forever, long live the Sentinel Editorial Board!
turtle bones

Santa Cruz, CA

#25 Jul 24, 2009
Wasn't there something about this in a Mother Hips song a long time ago?
Chicken Little

Vineburg, CA

#26 Jul 24, 2009
The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

Since: May 09

Santa Cruz

#28 Jul 24, 2009
"...the find was unique, though workers occasionally find goat carcasses by the road around Christmas, possibly the leftovers from holiday meals."

Seriously? That's really sick.

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