Salvete Citizens, Magistrates, Senators and Pontifices
In light of the recent announcement by Praetor and Pontiff T. Flavus Severus, we have come together to issue this civic letter of condemnation regarding the planned performance of animal sacrifice by the province of Sarmatia as part of the dedication of a cult object for the Roman Republic.
We condemn the practice of animal sacrifice and believe the motivation for such by Praetor T. Flavus Severus to go against the spirit of the principles of the declaration of principles of the Cultus Deorum Romanorum, which are that “We understand that the traditions and practices of the Cultus Deorum Romanorum Evolved throughout antiquity and will continue to develop..” and affirm that this part of history is not one we wish to see revived in our sacra publica, but rather be a part of history that is, in accordance with the declaration “not always possible or desirable”.
We see the practice as outdated, objectionable and not in accordance with modern standards of animal welfare or treatment, and strongly believe that such a practice is not to be accepted under any circumstance within the Roman Republic. We recognize that legislation restricting the performance of such is not present, and that thus no official action may be taken at this time, but likewise recognize and support the need for such legislation in regards to the conduct of the Sacra Publica, which is the spiritual community of all citizens, and should thus strive to reflect their interests. We further ask that checks be put in place for the Sacra Publica prohibiting such behaviors without the informed consent of the people being spiritually represented in the future
This letter is not meant to be a debate piece, since we are not interested in debating the legitimacy of the practice of animal sacrifice, because we unilaterally oppose and condemn it.
We hope our condemnation is heard and listened to, as opposed to ignored.
Octavius Marius Bestia
Decimus Firmius Perusinus
Publius Aurelius Barbatus
Numerius Caelius Saturnius
Gaius Asinius Nico
Septimus Geminius Canus
Caeso Aemillius Pulcher
Gaia Pompeia Hispaniensis
Quintus Aelius Volsus
Decimus Caedicius Scipio
Marcus Marcius Istra