NEW BEDFORD (CBS) – New Bedford’s mayor denies the city is violating the religious rights of a local barber whose rites involve animal sacrifice.

William Camacho’s religion is Palo Mayombe and it involves the ritual sacrifice of chickens.

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WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kendall Buhl reports

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When New Bedford health authorities found birds, both alive and dead, in the basement of Camacho’s barbershop, they shut it down.

New Bedford Mayor Scott Lang says it’s a clear-cut case of public health.

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Lang says “Bad Boy Cuts” can open its doors again once the owner has cleaned up the basement.