A Massachusetts barber is cutting more than hair, say health officials, who closed his shop after finding evidence of ritualistic animal sacrifices.
Boston’s NBC affiliate reports William Camacho purports his religious freedoms have been violated.
Camacho practices Palo Mayombe, a Caribbean religion that has been called “the dark side of Santería.”
Tuesday, two chickens and four roosters, one dead, were removed from the New Bedford shop’s basement.
“Well it’s very insulting to me,” Camacho told the TV station. “’Cause what happens is that — where I come from, it’s very known — and this town, it’s ignorant for them, ‘cause they don’t know what type of religion it is.”
Camacho could face animal cruelty charges. He says the shutdown is costing him $700 per day.
“I’m losing money and I’m waiting for the city to reopen me,” he told WHDH-TV.