Horse slaughter investigator finds human bones

A human skull found at the site.
A human skull found at the site.

Richard Cuoto has seen plenty of eyebrow-raising sights in his efforts to end illegal horse slaughter in south Florida, but his discovery of a site with human and animal bones from a some kind of religious ritual has raised the bar.

Cuoto, a high-profile campaigner against the illegal slaughter houses that operate in remote areas around Miam-Dade County, has found a site apparently used in some sort of religious rite.

The carefully arranged site includes animals bones and a weathered human skull in a cauldron which is surrounded by a chain.

Cuoto believes some of the bones at the site may also be human limbs.

It is possible the scene was used in a ritual in either the Santeria or Palo Mayombe religions, or perhaps a mixture of both. The latter originates from the Congo, and the 21 sticks in the cauldron are reported to indicate a link to that religion.

As well as the bones and cauldron, the site includes pots and small tools.

Miami-Dade police are investigating and are working to find out where the human bones originated.

Human and animal bones were found at the site.




2 thoughts on “Horse slaughter investigator finds human bones

  • April 14, 2012 at 1:24 pm


  • June 22, 2012 at 3:10 am

    Soooo, people who condone slaughtering horses who also condone slaughtering their own horse, gutting it then getting naked and nasty in the carcass for photos also seem to feel its just good old capitalism to use horses and the occasional tree hugging horse lover in religious sacrifice. I can’t wait to see what The Pro side has to say about this event


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