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Constitutional Law Keyed to Maggs
Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye, Inc. v. City of Hialeah
Citation:508 U.S. 520 (1993)
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Petitioner Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye, Inc (Church) is a not-for-profit corporation organized under Florida law in 1973. The Church and its congregants practice the Santeria religion. The president of the Church is petitioner Ernesto Picahrdo, who is also the Church’s priest. The Church announced plans to establish a house of worship and indicated that the Church’s goal was to bring the practice of the Santeria faith, including its ritual of animal sacrifice, into the open. The prospect of a Santeria church in their midst was distressing to many members of the Hialeah community, and the announcement of the plans to open a Santeria church in Hialeah prompted the city council to hold an emergency public session. The city council adopted ordinances prohibiting unnecessary kill, torment, torture of mutilation of an animal in public or private ritual or ceremony not for the primary purpose of food consumption. Violations of the ordinances were punishable by fines not exceeding $500 or imprisonment not exceeding 60 days or both.
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