Goat killings rattle UK village, but Satanists and the occult aren’t to blame


Four goats have been slaughtered in the British village of Tipton St. John. Some had their horns removed. Photo by Flickr user Velo Steve.

Roughly 350 people live in the rural village of Tipton St John, located about 12 miles east of Exeter, the largest city in the western British county of Devon. Home to a former key railway station, the village now boasts country lanes perfect for strolling or bicycling, as well as a tennis club, a cricket club, and a bi-monthly magazine, the Tipton Times. It’s a small, tightly knit place.

Understandably, residents were shocked and upset when someone recently slaughtered four goats. The killings took place over multiple nights, and the details are gruesome: the goats’ heads were twisted backwards or their throats were slit. Some had their horns removed. One was reportedly foaming at the mouth as it died.

Unfortunately, at least one local journalist is running with a goat-owner’s fears that the slaughter had “something to do with the occult.” FOUR GOATS SLAUGHTERED IN ‘SATANIC RITUAL’ IN RURAL DEVON VILLAGE blares the headline. Note that “Satanic ritual” is in quotes, implying that an expert interviewed for the article said these words. They’re repeated in the first paragraph: “Four goats have been found brutally slaughtered in a rural village – sparking fears of killings linked to a ‘satanic ritual’.”

Who said it was a Satanic ritual? An anonymous goat owner:

“When I told my vet he advised me to read a book on occult. He seems to think the way the goats were killed and because they were horned, it may have something to do with satanic ritual.”

Oh. Since when are veterinarians experts on Satanism?

The village is already in a froth over these deaths. Now a reporter is trying to frighten them (and sell newspapers) by making it sound like a Satanist is on the loose. It sounds like it’s time to clear up a few things once again.

1) Killing animals without a permit is not Satanic or occult, it’s criminal.

2) Satanists do not sanction animal sacrifice. Anton LaVey, former head of the Church of Satan, himself wrote, “Under NO circumstances would a Satanist sacrifice an animal or baby!”

3) There are places in the world — including the United States — where animal sacrifice is permitted under law, but only within very specific parameters and by specific spiritual groups. I don’t know what the laws are in the UK, but I can tell you that randomly slaughtering other people’s goats wouldn’t qualify.

4) Animal sacrifice (including goats) is much more common in Abrahamic traditions, in other words, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. That’s not to say it’s common — but it did happen.

There are times when teenagers get the wild idea that they’ll seem bad-ass if they kill the neighbor’s cat or a pigeon. There are other times when a burgeoning psychopath tortures and kills local animals, almost as an experiment to see what will happen. Killings like the ones that took place in Tipton St John are much more likely the work of a prankster — potentially a disturbed one — than an occultist. If you suspect your teen is harming local animals, it’s a good idea to get some help as soon as you can.

Readers, when you see stories like this one, who do you imagine is responsible for the animals’ deaths?

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4 responses to “Goat killings rattle UK village, but Satanists and the occult aren’t to blame

  1. I bet it’s a small group of teens daring each other to do horrible things.

  2. I hate to upset anyone, but in the underground version of the satanic bible, written by Anton La Vey, he very much condones and accepts human sacrifice, so I doubt very much whether killing an animal would bother him. In my experiences of satanists they do not mean “what they tell you.” They are not the most honest of people. Another thing they deny encoraging is drug use, but every satanist I have ever met takes copious amounts of drugs. Why is it that society are even starting to trust satanists, and are gullible enough to fall for their lies? Hmmm, now that is a worry.

    • Not being familiar with the “Underground edition,” I googled around a little. As far as I can tell, the section on human sacrifice is the same as in the standard edition — and DOES NOT condone or accept human sacrifice, and PARTICULARLY disavows animal and child sacrifice. Here’s the segment in full:

      The “white” magician, wary of the consequences involved in the killing of a human being,
      naturally utilizes birds, or other “lower” creatures in his ceremonies. It seems these
      sanctimonious wretches feel no guilt in the taking of a non‐human life, as opposed to a
      human’s.  

      The fact of the matter is that if the “magician” is worthy of his name, he will be
      uninhibited enough to release the necessary force from his own body, instead of from an
      unwilling and undeserving victim!  

      Contrary to all established magical theory, the release of this force is NOT effected in the
      actual spilling of blood, but in the death throes of the living creature! This discharge of
      bioelectrical energy is the very same phenomenon which occurs during any profound
      heightening of the emotions, such as: sexual orgasm, blind anger, mortal terror, consuming
      grief, etc. Of these emotions, the easiest entered into of one’s own violation are sexual orgasm
      and anger, with grief running a close third. Remembering that the two most readily available
      of these three (sexual orgasm and anger) have been burned into man’s unconscious as
      “sinful” by religionists, it is small wonder they are shunned by the “white” magician, who
      plods along carrying the greatest of all millstones of guilt!  

      The inhibitive and asinine absurdity in the need to kill an innocent living creature at the
      high‐point of a ritual, as practiced by erstwhile “wizards,” is obviously their “lesser of the
      evils” when a discharge of energy is called for. These poor conscience‐stricken fools, who
      have been calling themselves witches and warlocks, would sooner chop the head off a goat
      or chicken in an attempt to harness its death agony, than have the “blasphemous” bravery
      to masturbate in full view of the Jehovah whom they claim to deny! The only way these
      mystical cowards can ritualistically release themselves is through the agony of another’s
      death (actually their own, by proxy) rather than the indulgent force which produces life!

      The treaders of the path of white light are truly the cold and the dead! No wonder these
      tittering pustules of “mystical wisdom” must stand within protective circles to bind the
      “evil” forces in order to keep themselves “safe” from attack—ONE GOOD ORGASM WOULD PROBABLY
      KILL THEM!  

      The use of a human sacrifice in a Satanic ritual does not imply that the sacrifice is
      slaughtered “to appease the gods.” Symbolically, the victim is destroyed through the
      working of a hex or curse, which in turn leads to the physical, mental or emotional
      destruction of the “sacrifice” in ways and means not attributable to the magician.  
      The only time a Satanist would perform a human sacrifice would be if it were to serve a
      twofold purpose; that being to release the magician’s wrath in the throwing of a curse, and
      more important, to dispose of a totally obnoxious and deserving individual.  

      Under NO circumstances would a Satanist sacrifice any animal or baby! For centuries,
      propagandists of the right‐hand path have been prattling over the supposed sacrifices of
      small children and voluptuous maidens at the hands of diabolists. It would be thought that
      anyone reading or hearing of these heinous accounts would immediately question their
      authenticity, taking into consideration the biased sources of the stories. On the contrary, as
      with all “holy” lies which are accepted without reservation, this assumed modus operandi
      of the Satanists persists to this day!  

      There are sound and logical reasons why the Satanists could not perform such sacrifices.
      Man, the animal, is the godhead to the Satanist. The purest form of carnal existence reposes
      in the bodies of animals and human children who have not grown old enough to deny
      themselves their natural desires. They can perceive things that the average adult human can
      never hope to. Therefore, the Satanist holds these beings in a sacred regard, knowing he can
      learn much from these natural magicians of the world.  

      The Satanist is aware of the universal custom of the treader of the path of Agarthi; the
      killing of the god. Inasmuch as gods are always created in man’s own image—and the
      average man hates what he sees in himself—the inevitable must occur: the sacrifice of the
      god who represents himself. The Satanist does not hate himself, nor the gods he might
      choose, and has no desire to destroy himself or anything for which he stands! It is for this
      reason he could never willfully harm an animal or child.  

      The question arises, “Who, then, would be considered a fit and proper human sacrifice,
      and how is one qualified to pass judgment on such a person?” The answer is brutally simple.
      Anyone who has unjustly wronged you—one who has “gone out of his way” to hurt you—
      to deliberately cause trouble and hardship for you or those dear to you. In short, a person
      asking to be cursed by their very actions.  

      When a person, by his reprehensible behavior, practically cries out to be destroyed, it is
      truly your moral obligation to indulge them their wish. The person who takes every
      opportunity to “pick on” others is often mistakenly called “sadistic.” In reality, this person
      is a misdirected masochist who is working towards his own destruction. The reason a
      person viciously strikes out against you is because they are afraid of you or what you
      represent, or are resentful of your happiness. They are weak, insecure, and on extremely
      shaky ground when you throw your curse, and they make ideal human sacrifices.  

      It is sometimes easy to overlook the actual wrongdoing of the victim of your curse, when
      one considers how “unhappy” a person he really is. It is not so easy, though, to retrace the
      damaging footsteps of your antagonist and make right those practical situations he or she
      has made wrong.  

      The “ideal sacrifice” may be emotionally insecure, but nonetheless can, in the
      machinations of his insecurity, cause severe damage to your tranquility or sound
      reputation. “Mental illness,” “nervous breakdown,” “maladjustment,” “anxiety neuroses,”
      “broken homes,” “sibling rivalry,” etc., etc., ad infinitum have too long been convenient
      excuses for vicious and irresponsible actions. Anyone who says “we must try to
      understand” those who make life miserable for those undeserving of misery is aiding and
      abetting a social cancer! The apologists for these rabid humans deserve any clobberings
      they get at the hands of their charges!  

      Mad dogs are destroyed, and they need help far more than the human who
      conveniently made froths at the mouth when irrational behavior is in order! It is easy to
      say, “So what!—these people are insecure, so they can’t hurt me.” But the fact remains—
      given the opportunity they would destroy you!

      Therefore, you have every right to (symbolically) destroy them, and if your curse
      provokes their actual annihilation, rejoice that you have been instrumental in ridding the
      world of a pest! If your success or happiness disturbs a person—you owe him nothing! He
      is made to be trampled under foot! IF PEOPLE HAD TO TAKE THE CONSEQUENCES OF THEIR OWN ACTIONS,
      THEY WOULD THINK TWICE!  

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