I want to speak out more on the topic before I leave it for good. This time I want to touch on the nature of animal sacrifice. In African traditional religions animal sacrifice plays a huge role. There are two types of sacrifices. The first type is done to feed the spirit. The second type is done to remove an illness or curse. In the first type the animal is slaughtered in a humane way and the blood is offered to the spirit. The spirit is believed to ingest the life force in the blood. The flesh of the animal is then cooked and eaten by the worshipers and people in the community. Animals who are sacrificed to take off an illness or curse are not eaten as that would mean to take the illness or curse back into the body. It should be noted that the overwhelming majority of worshipers in African traditional religions do not have refrigeration. So if you are one of these people and you want chicken for dinner then you go outside and wring you a chicken neck, pluck it, and clean it and cook it up. So these people are going to be killing animals anyway for their own survival. The only difference is that the FRESH blood will be offered to the spirit, be they Loa, Orisha, Nkisi/Mpungo, or whatever spirit from the individual pantheon that is being fed. The meat is still mostly consumed as normal.
The reason why I bring this up is because most of the fake New Orleans Voodoo crowd do not perform animal sacrifice. They claim the Loa, Orisha, whatever, no longer require it. Another popular activity is to substitute raw chicken bought at say Walmart and offer that up to the spirit in place of a fresh sacrifice. Now, as I explained above the spirits do not eat the flesh. The flesh is consumed by the worshipers or people in the community. What little blood is found in raw chicken meat hasn't flowed in days to weeks. There is no life force left. It's as dead as a stagnant pool of water. So the spirits are not being fed, period. I find it hard to imagine that Haitians or Africans would accept this behavior as being legitimate. For me at least the answer is quite simple. If you can't stomach animal sacrifice the you have no business being in a religion that practices it. You do not have the right to change the religion to suit your Western, city-life beliefs. Because the truth is that the animals that are sacrificed have far more humane lives and deaths than the animals that are butchered and sold in stores.
Now, there are people in alleged "New Orleans Voodoo" who do perform animal sacrifices. Most of them were performance artists who killed animals as part of their "Voodoo act". However, most of them seemed to have been driven off. There are a few who still perform animal sacrifice but I seriously doubt this stems from any official initiated training but has most likely arisen from the person being exposed to material on Haitian Voodoo or African Voodoo and so they know that animal sacrifice is a part of the religion so they set out on trying to mimic the religion as much as possible. Interestingly, you will most likely find people in Louisiana who perform animal sacrifice as a part of witchcraft or "black magic" spells to harm or kill another person. So such an example would not fit the traditional use of animal sacrifice in a religious setting.
I thought I would share this information as further proof that "New Orleans Voodoo" is fake.