Each year before Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement, tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews around the world swing chickens around their heads in a ritual to transfer their sins to the animals, who they then slaughter and dump in the garbage. In Brooklyn, an army of activists, many of whom are observant Jews, clashed in the streets with the perpetrators as police officers struggled to control the chaos.
In July, the Alliance to Ban Chickens as Kaporos filed a lawsuit to stop the ritual slaughter from taking place in 2015. On September 14th, a NY County Supreme Court Judge denied that request and the request to require the NYPD and other city agencies to enforce the fifteen health, sanitation and anti-cruelty laws and regulations that are violated by the event. With the possibility of an appeal and other legal actions, the attorney for the plaintiffs, Nora Constance Marino, said, “It’s not over.”
Please join the Facebook page The Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos to lend your voice and support to the tens of thousands of chickens who are stuffed into crates, swung and slaughtered each year in the name of God.