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The South African Satanic Church spoke out about “misconceptions” regarding “associated rituals involving animals” following the slaughter of over 37 cats in Manenberg, Cape Town over recent weeks.
Some members of the general public have labelled the killings as an act of Satanism, however, in a statement, the organisation’s Riaan Swiegelaar and Adri Norton expressed that “None of our rituals require the slaughter of any living being.”
The SA Satanic Church has now allocated a R10 000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the Manenberg cat killer following a meeting on Monday morning.
The organisation went on to say that the safety and protection of animals are of “utmost importance to us” and added that the Satanic philosophy calls for animals to be held in the highest regard.
“We as the South African Satanic Church do not condone any abuse or slaughter of animals,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, The Animal Welfare Society of SA received the independent Post Mortem reports on July 30 regarding the Manenberg cat cadavers that were sent to the Western Cape Government Veterinary Laboratory.
One of the cats died due to a severe blunt force trauma to her left dorsal thorax, leading to damage to the spine and multiple fractures to the ribs that then damaged the lungs.
This means she was viciously beaten to a pulp before being sliced open with a sharp blade and disembowelled.
Another cat suffered gruesome, fatal injuries and had post mortem alterations to his body. His right thoracic wall was removed and his injuries suggest it was done by a sharp blade.
In other words, he had been primitively dissected and gutted.
“Now that we have a better understanding of how these cats are being massacred… we have increased our reward to R7 000 for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator(s),” The Animal Welfare of SA said.
Please call The Animal Welfare Society of SA on 021 692 2626 during office hours or 082 601 1761 after hours if you have seen or heard anything suspicious. Your anonymity is assured.