Animal sacrifice isn’t against the law in Texas, USA. Yet, Texas has animal cruelty laws. So that must mean that Texans don’t regard ritual animal sacrifice as cruel. There’s some glitch about being tied up or restricted in movement, whereby the authorities can come to the rescue. So these people with torture tendencies, religious people they say, must set out to sacrifice an animal without restricting its movement. Or tie it up, torture it, kill it and untie it before the authorities get there.
It’s difficult to imagine that a person with torture tendencies thirsting for the fervor of inflicted pain and the letting of blood would think not to restrict the animal before torturing him or her. Sacrificing an animal presupposes that the animal has already been enslaved, whereby restriction of movement has already been applied. The fact that animal sacrifice is allowed in Texas presupposes that the authorities already know it takes place.
By allowing people with torture tendencies to take out their perversions on animals with impunity, authorities unwittingly encourage and sanction the same behavior, down the road, toward humans. The most horrific and egregious prejudices in the world are committed against animals other than human, by humans. These horrific and egregious practices nearly always lead to torture and slaughter. Yes, torture and slaughter and discrimination and enslavement are all prejudices.
Sacrificing an animal for ritual religious beliefs, or for food, clothing, glue, experimentation or the perverse pleasures of hunting is always based on a system of prejudice using superiority and disrespect as a foundation for those prejudices. When these societies have as their economic base the slaughter of animals, then everything built from that foundation is flawed, and nothing emanating from that foundation will survive long term.