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Santeria Priest's "Rebuttal" to Richard "Kudo" Couto is Indescribably Strange

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First, a primer: Renegade animal activist-- and full-time real estate developer-- leads shutdown of the C-9 Basin, Miami-Dade County's haven for illegal slaughter farms. Then animal activist touts evidence of what he claims are brutal animal sacrifices. World renowned Santeria priest angrily lashes out at animal activist.

Okay, now that you're up to speed, let's move on to the latest sequel-- and probably the best installment-- in the feud between activist Richard "Kudo" Couto and priest Oba Ernesto Pichardo. We were following Pichardo in the following video -- although a bit befuddled by the footage of animals pissing and humping -- until 3:19. Y'know, when the video turns its focus to South Beach bird poop.

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Zayjams
Zayjams

what time well spent all ignorance remains and the truth died for investigative journalism and grass root activism died and no one was the wiser you all so full of S**TF**K OFF 

Eponaspirit
Eponaspirit

Living in South Florida has truly become a nightmare.  People from different cultures that comehere to live do not respect our values or our culture.  Please return back to your own country andfind “freedom” there.  The unbelievablecruelty that I see committed to innocent animals from these “cultures” areunconscionable.  There really is noreason for these cultures to come to our country and try to implement theirculture on us.  We are very tolerant andgiving people, and go out of our way to help people that are in need, however,that being said, we don’t want your culture to interfere with our values, andthat includes killing and maiming our animals. My decedents gave their blood and treasure to make this country what itis today, yours DID NOT.  Learn ourways, respect our animals or move the hell out.   Period.  Oh, and if youcannot, then people like Richard Couto will make your life hard, as it shouldbe.  If you want to practice religiousfreedom in this country, go right ahead, but do it legally and under ourcultural laws.  If you came here to bean American, then walk the walk and talk the talk, if not, move back to whereyou came from because you do not belong here!

Painthorsegirl85
Painthorsegirl85

I truly must have missed the point behind this rediculous video!  I totally support Richard and what he stands for!  This So called Priest is a joke!  What in the world do bird droppings have to do with saving horses???   This guy is a horses ass!!!!  

Horseplayalc
Horseplayalc

Keep doing what you do Kudo!  KARMA will take care of the rest.  I think I am going to see how to start a religion and start sacrificing certain people as a religious practice.  Who wants to join my church?   We shall call ourselves  Kudopuppets.

Iku Dayo
Iku Dayo

 How adorable of all of ARM Fb followers to post on here after ARM writes this on their Fb page....Could you please post a comment at the bottom of this blog. Thanks.It so much easier to hide behind a computer and be able to be so racist and ignorant. The racists ppl no longer need a white sheet to hide their faces.They can still promote hate and ignorance behind the computer. ARM and Richard Kudo started this, when they blamed Santeria for the dead horses. Richard Kudo is that handsome prince charming some little girl dreams of. Which in return makes you blind to the truth and therefore you post ignorant comments. I wonder how many of you animal lovers own a leather belt, shoes, or handbags? How many of you, use makeup, shampoo or any other products that have been tested on animals? How many of you eat eggs from caged chickens? Isn't that the next big wave for the so called animal lover. "Lets boycott the supermarkets that sell eggs from farms that cage their chickens", said the animal lover.Santeros are not killing horses or any household pets for sacrifice. Stop being followers and get the real facts. Don't assume everything negative that is written about Santeria is real. Save your hate speeches, no one really cares for them. 

Jesus Suarez
Jesus Suarez

 The disparaging comments posted here are just more of the typical "Horse-Shit" that Racists love to dole out. They don't really analyse and see the video....they go out of their way to ignore and even dis-validate and dismiss what Mr. Pichardo points out just because it was an "Uppity" SPIC" who pointed it out.....The world of white supremacy is very much alive and well and here is abundant proof of it...in writing no less.{ To think of all the cities in the world and their histories with Racial issues that in Today's Miami the New-Times would even Consider to print these inflammatory responses only goes to show how truly pervasive this racism is entrenched into this society..... is alarming at best.} Ahh...the despicable world of BIGOTRY... of Double standards and full out racial/cultural HATE. Take a closer, more comprehensive look at the video once again and take an effort at understanding the Video which is pretty much digesting the real issues for the viewer if only they take the time to apply to it "Critical Thinking".{Which by all of the putrid Comments they obviously lack the ability to execute...the LOSERS}....What Miami Needs is to have Racists Morons and deceptive Real Estate  Moguls finally fully ejected from it...Especially COUTO, his Cronies the EDITOR of this paper and the Racists who have responded so despicably to the posted article !!!

Heresy
Heresy

It is appalling that The New Times allows for ignorance--not to mention the language and hatred--that is being exhibited in response to this particular issue. I wonder if this is a ploy for ratings? It most definitely smells of yellow journalism!

Jennhorses
Jennhorses

Wow he calls himself a priest?  More like Satan.  He's an ass.  He's sick and needs some reall help.  His video makes no sense and it's really lame.  How can he explain all the skeletons of these dead animals who where cut up with chain saws still alive.  That is sick.  Thank You Kudo for standing up for these animals. 

K Millspaugh
K Millspaugh

Is this a joke or what? The video is the most retarded video I have seen. I can't believe that someone would even waste their time making it! I am all for what Couto does! He saves lives of innocent animals that can't save themselves! I thought the topic was horse slaughter and the killing of animals not bird shit. Go Couto, teach those bastards a lesson and let them know that we will not stand for this here or anywhere! Couto for President!

Simone
Simone

Yah Kudo, why havent you done anything about pigeons blatently landing on patio furniture? huh? And how about those starlings, havent you noticed the injustice of them pooping all over the sidewalks? Its about time you forget about illegal slaughter practices and the torturing of animals, and do something about the bird poop now would ya? : )   Haaa!

denise christine
denise christine

Richard being in real estate in the past is not a factor.  The fact remains he risks his life all the time for the inhumane treatment of animals along with illegal slaughtering and if religious sacrafice is done then investigates that too. He is the voice and fights  for animals rights just like many would do...There are may people including myself against any religious sacrafice, I don't care if it is a chicken, horse and/or dog I along with many are 100% against it. 

Moony10
Moony10

I don't know that Richard ever said that horses were being slaughtered for animal sacrifices. Maybe 2 different issues. 

circeherbivora
circeherbivora

As much as I loathe animal sacrifice, we do have freedom of religion in this country.  However, if Mr. Kudo can show that animals were killed cruelly, then he can probably get sanctions against the Church.  Personally, I'll never understand how killing an animal brings blessings upon one person or negative energy upon another.  I've never sacrificed an animal and my life is fantastic. (Go figure.)  But this is America and we don't get to dictate common sense.   Work with the cruelty statutes- that's probably the best, and fairest, bet.

Katz
Katz

 other priest guy = psychopath should be locked up

Katz
Katz

kudo = hero

Loriprophoto
Loriprophoto

Have any of the people commenting here who are bashing Cuto even watched the videos and seen the photos that he has posted of the cruelty and depravity that he has seen and is trying to stop?  What type of God do you worship?   Sure as hell isnt one that I would worship, maybe it is the Devil??  I have seen the photos, a mare and foal with their mouths ductaped closed so they could not scream while their torturers butchered the mare while she was still alive and then set fire to her while her foal looked on helplessly, that was how they were found.  Horses heads, legs, bones and entrails discarded randomly covered with flies.  Animals of all types awaiting their fate, starving and abused in horrible ways.  Chopping blocks where their carcasses are chopped up covered in flies, slivers of bone and blood, yeah real healthy.  All I can say is you all deserve the drug induced diseases that you are bound to have to deal with for committing and condoning this depravity.  Richard YOU ROCK!!! Thank you for all you do for the animals and for your state of Florida, you can only make it a better place which is more than I can say for these morons, and they have the nerve to call themselves men of God!!!!  Hypocrits.

Catherine Ritlaw
Catherine Ritlaw

 Oh, Lord. Bird poop is a big problem? Kudos to Richard, for his relentless work to save abused animals....someone else will have to clean up the bird poop.

Mgbjean
Mgbjean

PS..Euuu, that is a mascarade mask he is holding, PUT IT ON 

Mgbjean
Mgbjean

This is so comical and could actually be used on Saturday Night Live, bawhahahaha, is that the BEST you can do Picahrdo the Priest????? Oh and the COW, going to the bathroom, that shows EXACTLY how rediculous you are to call yourself a PRIEST...Seems to me you have no clue of how to come back at something that WE know is going on there with these ILLEGAL Slaughter Farms, so may I suggest go and get a pigeon pooper scooper since you filmed it so well. ...............Hat's OFF TO YOU RICHARD..YOU ARE TOUCHING A NERVE..KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK  

MF*T*
MF*T*

 O...k...   I've watched the video. I've read all the comments here. I'm still just as confused now as I was before.... WHAT THE HELL WAS THIS VIDEO SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT??? It makes absolutely NO sense whatsoever. The words spoken are nothing more than random facts about Richard Couto, the investigation into Family Farms, and the properties surrounding FF. Oh, and I guess you could almost say the last part about the bird poop issue in South Beach a sort of PSA... "Next time you're in South Beach, don't forget to wear a big hat and bring your tissues," the corny announcer says.Seriously, is there really any point to this whole damned thing? Not just the video, but to the argument as a whole. It seems pretty cut and dry to most people who have common sense: Cruelty to animals is wrong. Anyone who tries to defend or justify such acts is just as guilty of the crime as if they were the ones committing it themselves. Period. End of Story.MF*T*

miss kitty litter
miss kitty litter

 The video is odd, but so is the continued attention placed on this priest by Roberts and Kudo. Of course, Kudo has sent his panty pudding brigade out to make comments, otherwise no one would pay attention to this article. Kudo started all of this when he associated the Santeria community with horse slaughter. They are not related, yet the bigoted Kudo would like to connect them. Educating Kudo or any of you on Santeria is pointless, you have chosen to wallow in ignorance.

 What I want to know is why Gus Garcia Roberts has not investigated Kudo's tax lien? Also, if money being sent to ARM is used for anything other than to buy more toys for Kudo? Kudo has been a failure his whole life, and is still searching for validation from daddy. He is hoping that this latest venture will earn daddy's approval. He may obtain partial validation from daddy, but in the end Kudo will fail again. What has Kudo done lately in the C9??? His ESPN video was interesting , yet failed to mention that the slaughtered horses are directly related to horse racing. What does Kudo do next? He will have pictures taken of him riding his motor bike or dressed in fatigues. I love those pictures they make me laugh. Nothing is funnier than an Omega male trying to dress up in Alpha male clothes. The panty pudding brigade loves the photos, and that means more money for Kudo. Which is what Roberts should be investigating-that is where he would find a juicy story. However, Roberts is a card carrying member of the panty pudding brigade. 

Tom
Tom

Hey Oba, you are a fool. Santaria is a cult. Wake up. Couto is only doing what any decent human being would do. He is standing up for those who have no voice. I for one am on the side of ARM and Mr. Couto.  

LIN
LIN

 These people are like in Deliverance. Family farms are not being investigated, slaughter farms are, which are illegal. Richard keep up the work investigating these dopes. Geez I don’t know if I should laugh or cry watching this.

LIN
LIN

 These people are like in Deliverance. Family farms are not being investigated, slaughter farms are, which are illegal. Richard keep up the work investigating these dopes. Geez I don’t know if I should laugh or cry after watching this.

Beth_myspace_horse_warrior
Beth_myspace_horse_warrior

DUH TO THIS IDIOT SAYING "THEY RAIDED THE FARMS WITH OUT WARNING" THAT'S WHAT A RAID IS DUH!!! AND TO WHO EVER MADE THIS VIDEO IS JUST TWISTED AND IGNORANT WITH THE VIDEO'S OF COWS URINATING AND ETC.HE'S JUST ANOTHER LOOSER TRYING TO STIR UP TROUBLE SO HE CAN SIT BACK AND WHACK OFF TO IT KNOWING HOW HE STIRRED UP PEOPLES FEELINGS ABOUT RICHARD.IF THIS WEIRDO IS WORRIED ABOUT BIRD DROPPINGS THAN HE SHOULD GET HIS A** OUT THERE AND CLEAN UP THE MESS.RICHARDS CAUSE IS SAVING HORSES NOT CLEANING UP AFTER BIRDS.THIS VIDEO IS STUPID FIND A CAUSE MR AND MAKE A CHANGE IN THIS WORLD AND STOP MAKING DUMB MEANINGLESS VIDEOS!!

WarHorse
WarHorse

As disjointed as the video is, I suspect some mental disturbance in the producer, such as an allergy or mild behavioral disorder, if not something worse.

Kudo, keep going.

Csara
Csara

This is a pathetic and may I say very disorganized attempt to discredit Kuto. Apparently these farmers are as intellectually bankrupt as they are morally. It is laughable that the narrator believes this to be legit investigative reporting.

Julyblue_63
Julyblue_63

WTF!!!! is excatly right. Not only has this so called priest wasted my time on crap that makes no sense but every one else's that has to come on here and defend our FRIEND  RICHARD for what he does to help save animals. I do not think god would like this person to represent a priest??? he makes no sense. just stupid jibberish about stuff he has no idea. so is the priest supporting what these POS people do to horses and other animals is ok??? Loose the act dude you have no chance against us ANIMAL LOVERS . Thank you KUDO for what you do and please keep it up. Prayers to you and the animals

Lessaff
Lessaff

Ok...That was weird and disjointed...but that's good! I'm glad Kudo is out there... not only are the slaughter farms there, but also people stealing horses from their owners in order to butcher on the run for profit. If I was a small farmer with nothing to hide why would I mind Kudo?

Patlovesanimals
Patlovesanimals

If your beliefs are as scrambled as your video heaven ( or hell) help your followers! 

JennBlaze "Gettem Kudo"
JennBlaze "Gettem Kudo"

 WTF, WOW... What the hell is wrong with this so called "World renowned Santeria priest " He's certainly not World Renowned, he sounds like some freak cult leader that is terribly uneducated about animal abuse and has something sinister going on that is motivating him to lash out like this. There is simply something going on with this man that just isn't right. If these "Family Farms" were on the up and up they would not have been raided and fined. Hello.. Nobody has the right to go in and raid and serve substantial fines for no reason. Legally, to be able to go in and do a raid and have these "Family Farms" taken down you have to show proof that illegal activities are taking place and or the endangerment of theses animals welfare is at stake. It's like me going to another farm and saying "Gee, I don't like what you are doing and "I FEEL" that it's illegal so there for  I'M going to take your animals and then I'M going to make you pay all kinds of fines because "I FEEL" that you are not doing things in the best interest of these animals."  That just isn't going to happen. And when a RAID is being done you don't give a heads up.... "Hello.. I'm coming, just wanted to be polite and let you know please get rid of any incrimination evidence you may have that may help us." Am I the only one that is seeing this???? And what the hell does Kudo's real estate business have to do with saving innocent animals that have no voice or choice in what happens to them? The only unfortunate thing is there are not enough Richard "Kudo" Coutos in this world to be able to save them all. A lot of people think and treat animals as if they are material things that have no ability to feel anything. But when these types of abuse occur to people, everybody is outraged and it makes headlines, all kinds of different organizations get involved because these things just can't happen to "Humans". Because what would that say about the human race in general?? I'm in no way condoning  human trafficking, enslavement, or any type of abuse towards people. I just can't get my head wrapped around the fact that's it's NOT OK to treat people like this, but it IS OK to treat animals that are totally innocent, have no voice, no choice, and absolutely no ability to help themselves in any way. WHY THE HELL IS THAT OK!!!!  

Deborahhurley
Deborahhurley

i have followed Richard Coudos work for a while and he champions those with out a voice consistantly. however to the makers of this critising rebuttle i hope you do realize it makes little to no sense and shows no wrong doing by  Coudo. there is no excuse (religious or not) to inflict harm willfully. and  there is a book that might clear something up for you. "Everybody poops".

TWW
TWW

 ARBITRARY????? That is the word that strikes me the most about this report. As if there is NOTHING arbitrary about the farms themselves that are creating these atrocities on animals that are being violated by BUSINESSmen. BREEDER REGULATION IS WHAT IS NEEDED......not cartoons about bird poop. KUDOS to Couto. I am behind you all the way!

Natharien01
Natharien01

This video doesn't make any sense.Go back to school immature prick, Im with Kudo all the way... This is Nath from Québec, ;-)

IdrathrBfishiing
IdrathrBfishiing

Let's see...Couto is closing in on the horse slaughter farms and (along with SPCA officials) receives death threats.  He continues his investigations into ILLEGAL activities on his own, with direct police involvement.  The idiot camera person filming cows urinating or mating missed the real scoop on the slaughterhous issue.  Inept journalism, or just bovine-envy? When one stands-up to confront an injustice in our midst, and the best the narrator can site is 'deal with bird poop instead', one must wonder if the narrator is that closed minded, or if he too is in defense of ILLEGAL SLAUGHTER FARMS. Further, if the narrator is SO concerned with bird poop health issues- why is HE not getting involved in the community and solving THAT issue?? I see, stand behind a cross...God doesn't want you to put it on your shoulder, roll up your sleeves and actually WORK to make mankind better!    

Ginns1
Ginns1

No wonder I think this guy is an idiot!  Per his facebook page, he believes in animal sacrifice!  Of course he would try to bash Richard!   

Guest
Guest

 Who are you directing this threat to?

Horseplayalc
Horseplayalc

Are you a complete moran or are you really mentally challenged?  Seriously, they don't sacrifice horses or pets?  WTF are you talking about?  Do you even know?  Cause your comment above is the most pathetic thing I have read all day.  You need to get your facts straight.  Not us.  BTW  Kudo is not everyone's dream guy, only yours apparently.  You seem to see him as prince charming.  Nobody here called him that.  You think it is ok to cause another living thing pain for your entertainment?   Again, you need to do your homework because Santeria DEFINITELY kills horses and dogs that once were someones pet. 

MF*T*
MF*T*

Sir, you are so far off-base with your comments that it is almost a downright shame for you to show your ignorance in public. Any self respecting person would show their ignorance in an attempt to learn and thereby resolve it. This argument, the issue itself and the comments posted here have as much to do with racism as your level of intelligence does with any level considered above mental retardation. The main reason racism and prejudices of any kind are still alive and thriving in this world is because individuals such as yourself will not allow them to be put away. If there were no more hate crimes, bigotry and social persecution, you and others like you would no longer have fuel for your fires whose result is the misery and chaos you so crave. You claim to desire an end to all prejudices and cultural clashing but stir the pot of hate until the cauldron boils over. Then you want to blame everyone else but yourself which only starts the vicious cycle again. The fact that you posted a comment of such content and inflammatory speech in response to this article - which has nothing to do with racism to begin with - only goes to show how truly pervasive the desire to breed hate is entrenched in YOUR life and culture that YES, it is truly alarming!As for Richard Couto, his looks, background, profession, assets, and whatever else has been thrown up in the comments posted here, none of these things make any difference to the bottom line. Couto is merely a tool just like every other human being on the face of this planet. We are all tools and instruments that play a part in the daily goings on around us. However, because of these things, Couto is an easy target to take the bashing resultant of thie overall issue. An easy target is best utilized by cowards. You sir, you are the biggest coward of them all, for you are terrified at the possibility that you could be WRONG. The best way you have to ensure your own righteousness is to lay the logs on the pyre yourself. Well, here is a news flash for you: You are still wrong, and you are still a coward. You want racism and cutural hate to be a thing of the past? Then SHUT UP! MF*T*

Family
Family

Reading this all I hear is a hateful close-minded man. Perhaps if Mr. Pichardo and his followers want to be taken seriously, and want to educate this "despicable world of bigotry", he should make a video rebuttal that doesn't look like a hokey 5th grade AV project. Or is he really grasping at straws to defend animal abuse?

Family
Family

You are no better than the enemies you are insulting with your empty comments and childish rebuttal referring to "daddy issues". All you are portraying is an ignorant human being in favor of animal abuse.   

Mauigrrl
Mauigrrl

You sound like a jilted ex-lover to me.  Sour grapes, for sure.

Aah
Aah

 OK bitch now you pissed me off!!! It’s time to slap you in the face with your sad allegations. I’m a friend of Kudos and we have been close for 25 years which gives me the knowledge and authority to speak on his behalf (he never would). Miss kitty crap,  do you know Kudo?? Bet you don’t. By reading your comments you sure have been following him though…interesting. Let’s go down the list. First, Kudo isn’t even that close with his dad and sure doesn’t seek his approval for anything he has ever done in life (The Emmy Award would have taken care of that). Kudo has always been a winner; he puts everything into whatever he does, yes just like the animal issues. Anyone HE lets into his life has respected what he stands for and loves him. A tax lien?? If he does have one so what. Kudo has set aside all business ventures for two years to help these animals and yes has funded his quest himself. Talk about donations and him misusing them? He doesn’t take a salary you dork and Kudo is one of the larger funders of ARM (I’ve seen the 990) Yes that means he put money into the organization lol. O and the writer and Kudo keeping this ongoing issue thriving, please tell me who made the pathetic brainless video?? I’m sorry anyone that titles themselves as high priest and puts that crap out, sweetheart its news. Kudo himself has never linked horse slaughter to Santeria although it’s a fact that you people do sacrifice horses.   Let’s face it people that are trying to discredit Kudo have been hurt by him, in fear of him or jealous of him and what he’s done.  The people that support Kudo aren’t really supporting him rather the animals and his goal. These are the people of the world putting their energy towards making things better instead of people, like you, TRYING to bring the good people down, sad. Instead of keeping up with kudo’s stories you should go out and make a positive difference in the world, but we know you won’t. I’m not from South Florida although I’ve been there enough to know this. South Florida has never had an animal organization or any one person really fight for the sad animals there. The scum in the area aren’t use to being confronted. They are use to doing things their way and profiting from it.  I know that’s no longer the case and it took a stand up guy from New England to do it. Guess Miami doesn’t have that many stand up people huh? If they did this war would have been started years ago

Mauigrrl
Mauigrrl

Boy, missy, your name says it all.  Thank God more people don't feel like you do.  ARM rocks!! 

LIN
LIN

I agree War Horse, get out the kool aid  

Tiredof Stupidppl
Tiredof Stupidppl

Look at this , another one with cyber muscles. No you are the  MORON!!!! You need to get your head checked, because horses are not sacrificed, neither are dogs.Do your homework, Moron. When  ARM was confronted with evidence that the 3 pictures they showed of the dead dogs were all the same,  they quickly removed the pictures and said " we never said this was a Santeria ritual". That's because they were lying.So MORON you need to get your facts straight before you come on here not knowing what he hell you are talking about.

miss kitty litter
miss kitty litter

Oh no did I upset you!? Go look at pictures of Kudo in his alpha gear and whip up some panty pudding, that will make you fell better! Oh and no one in Santeria sacrifices horses, but you are a pig that wallows in ignorance. Did little omega boy come crying to you to stand up for him???? I am not scared of him. Who would be?? 

Olga
Olga

over 5 million Santeria practioners feel the same way as her.  p.s. Supreme Court ruled that Santeria could be practiced.  And it's not a cult, not by a long shot.  I'm not going to start a thread war or anything but I've always said that reading up on your facts before speaking is a great idea.  90 percent of the people on this thread have no idea what they're talking about.  I'm glad there are people out there who really care about the animals and about REAL abuse.  Couto DOES not care.  This has all been a major marketing campaign since day one.  Look up the court records the guy owes the government over 30,000 bucks.  He's selling you guys ARM shirts online for over 15 bucks a pop.  I would give this guy a standing ovation if he proves that the proceeds are going to non-profit anti-animal cruelty organizations. P.S. HE DOES NOT WORK ALONGSIDE THE ASPCA.  HE WAS FIRED BY THEM FOR A REASON. LOOK IT UP!!! I'M DONE AND OUT.

Horseplayalc
Horseplayalc

Sounds like Miss Kitty needs some medication to calm her down. She is marking in the wrong place.  Spray your skunk somewhere that cares miss kitty.  You sound like an ex girlfriend who Kudo gave walking papers too.  Welcome to dumpsville  Population U!!! 

Olga
Olga

ohhh and one more thing COUTO lives on friggin' South Beach!!!!! FYI Living in SoBe isn't cheap. What a great selfless huamn being he is, lying on the sands of sobe catching a tan while real abuse is going on in the world. Now i'm really done. OUT! 

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