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Animal Rights Group Plasters Anti-Kaporos Posters Throughout NYC

September 15, 2020 by Leave a Comment


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The Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos has plastered 300 large posters throughout New York City in an effort to call attention to the risk of zoonotic disease transmission during Kaporos, an animal slaughter ritual that takes place each year in the week leading up to Yom Kippur. During Kaporos, practitioners swing live chickens around their heads without PPE and kill them in makeshift slaughterhouses erected without permits on public streets in violation of eight NYC health codes.

Each year, factory farms in New Jersey and Pennsylvania deliver over 100,000 live chickens to Kaporos vendors in Williamsburg, Borough Park and Crown Heights and several other neighborhoods in New York City. The chickens are typically held in crates on public streets for up to several days with no food, water or protection from weather extremes, conditions that weaken the animals’ immune systems and make them vulnerable to disease.

Over 100,000 chickens are intensively confined in crates for up to several days leading up to the Kaporos ritual. Chickens who died from hunger, thirst, exposure or illness are often found in crates with the live chickens (photo: Unparalleled Suffering Photography)

During Kaporos, public streets and sidewalks are contaminated with the body parts and blood of thousands of chickens who are killed in makeshift slaughterhouses erected without permits in violation of eight NYC health codes. (photo: Suzanne Stein Photography)

Thousands of chickens die in their crates each year from hunger, thirst, exposure and disease before they are used in the ritual, and many of the chickens who practitioners physically handle during the ritual show signs of respiratory disease. Of the tens of thousands of people who partake in the ritual, only a small fraction wear protective gear, such as gloves. It’s this kind of interaction between humans and sick animals that triggered the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to putting the public at risk of another zoonotic disease outbreak, the large Kaporos gatherings throughout Brooklyn could be “super-spreader” events for COVID-19 because the Hasidic Jewish communities do not practice social distancing or wear masks.

During Kaporos, over 100,000 chickens are slaughtered and bled out onto public streets in violation of 8 city health codes

The Kaporos poster campaign targets NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio because he has ignored the pleas of animal rights and public health advocates to stop Kaporos from taking place due to the fact that it violates city and state health and cruelty laws and jeopardizes the public health.

Mayor de Blasio’s Health Commissioners have refused to address a toxicology report that outlines the risk posed by the mass slaughter of over 100,000 animals on public streets during Kaporos.

According to a toxicologist who studied fecal and blood samples taken during Kaporos, the ritual “constitutes a dangerous condition” and “poses a significant public health hazard.” In recent years, several New Yorkers who did not partake in the ritual contracted E. coli and campylobacter after coming into contact with these contaminants. Advocates believe that many Kaporos practitioners have also gotten sick but that the insular Hasidic communities would not report the illnesses to the Department of Health.

The Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos plastered 300 posters around NYC to draw attention to the risk of zoonotic disease transmission that could lead to another pandemic

“The Police and Health Commissioners are political appointees, and their boss, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, has clearly instructed them to assist in Kaporos because the practitioners represent a powerful voting bloc,” said Donny Moss, an organizer in the effort to compel the city to enforce the laws. “Not only does the City provides police barricades, floodlights and an army of police officers and sanitation workers, but it also provides the traffic cones where tens of thousands of chickens are bled out onto public streets.”

City health codes that are violated during Kaporos



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  1. Pro-Life says:

    Thanks. Hopefully Donny can pull some strings and we can go to abortion clinics a protest there; we should also ask Nora (the lawyer representing us) to start the process with some court filings to stop this horrible and barbaric practice of stopping heartbeats. If we are against the sacrificing of chickens we shouldn’t be killing unborn Embryos. They have a right to live too.

  2. Shella says:

    Pro Life,

    I am with you. We all should stop supporting abortion and the killing of unborn humans too. It’s barbaric!

    Shella

  3. Pro-Life says:

    Irina and ahimsa42

    Please also let’s end abortion and killing of unborn babies too! Donny please arrange to protest at abortion clinics too.

  4. irina says:

    Please everyone involved please stop this horrifically cruel and unnecessary practice
    You can judge a society by the way the people treat animals, it really is the way they treat each other and themselves

  5. ahimsa42 says:

    “There is no religion without love, and people may talk as much as they like about their religion, but if it does not teach them to be good and kind to man and beast, it is all a sham.” ― Anna Sewell, Black Beauty

    “In their behavior toward creatures, all men are Nazis. Human beings see oppression vividly when they’re the victims. Otherwise they victimize blindly and without a thought.” ― Isaac Bashevis Singer

    “Auschwitz begins wherever someone looks at a slaughterhouse and thinks: they’re only animals.” -Theodor W. Adorno

  6. Crown Heights says:

    Morey

    You keep on speaking about Orthodox Jews like that there will definitely be another Holocaust. Except they aren’t going to ask Jews whether they used coins or Chickens on Yom Kippur just like last time; they will be killed because they are Jews. Your lack of Jewish Education and background is showing. Maybe if you don’t like Gods laws take it up with him and not forster hate against the Orthodox community…… nobody is asking you to participate so leave your ego at the door.

  7. MOREY says:

    THIS IS A BARBARIC RITUAL. THERE IS NO WAY GOD IS TELLING YOU TO SACRIFICE ANIMALS IN THIS WORLD TODAY. YOU ARE LIVING IN THE PAST IF YOU KEEP THIS RITUAL GOING.BESIDES BEING JEWISH, WE ARE ALSO HUMAN BEINGS. WE DON’T HAVE TO KILL OTHER BEINGS TO CELEBRATE OUR HOLIDAYS.HISTORY DOES NOT HAVE TO REPEAT ITSELF. WE CAN ONLY PRAY THE HOLOCAUST WILL NOT REPEAT ITSELF.

  8. Pro-Life says:

    Sorry Folks but until abortion becomes illegal no one will stop this practice.

  9. Williamsburg says:

    The waste of tax dollars is coming from the Protesters that every year come and harass Jews. The NYPD needs to show up, barricades put out, just to protect Jews from haters…..but yet they blame Jews. Ironic? No.

  10. Boro Park says:

    Ironic these Protesters are the same people who have no problem killing unborn babies. The hypocrisy is truly amazing.

  11. Crown Heights says:

    Karen,

    You have a right to your beliefs but Orthodox Jews who practice this have a right to theirs too; maybe educate yourself about the subject rather than trying to degrade peoples beliefs by reading these Proproganda posters and hateful youtube videos. You language just proves more this is not about chickens; just a cover for Anti-Semitism.

  12. Crown Heights says:

    Morey

    obviously you have had a poor or no Jewish Education if you don’t know what the ritual means; it’s more than sacrificing an animal and passing sins to it; you only know what you see and what this Propaganda website tells you as there is a much different meaning. Morey if you are a True Jew what are you going to do when the Messiah Comes, The Temple is rebuilt and there are animal sacrifices again as per Ezekiel? You going to throw a temper tantrum to God? That should be interesting. Nobody is forcing you to participate and you can do other things as you see fit. The more you write degrading things about Orthodox Jews the worse you haters look.

  13. MOREY says:

    IT IS EMBARRASSING TO BE A JEW WHEN I SEE WHAT THESE PEOPLE ARE DOING WITH THESE CHICKENS.JEWS ARE SOME OF THE SMARTEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. WE LIVE IN A MODERN WORLD. WHO CAN BELIEVE THESE PEOPLE THINK THEY CAN PASS THEIR SINS TO CHICKENS? THIS IS TOTALLY BARBARIC. THEY LOOK LIKE TOTAL FOOLS TO THE REST OF THE WORLD. MOST PEOPLE INCLUDING MANY JEWS HAVE NEVER HEARD OF KAPOROS AND WHEN THEY DO THEY CAN’T BELIEVE IT. THIS IS LIKE A SICK CULT AND SO NOT IN THE CULTURE OF JEWS.THESE PEOPLE SHOULD WAKE UP AND GET INTO THE REAL WORLD.THEY LOOK SO STUPID AND THEY TEACH THIS TO THEIR CHILDREN. TO TOP ALL OF THIS STUPITY, THEY ARE CONTAMINATING THE STREETS.THEY ARE COMMITTNG A HORRIBLE SIN BY TRYING TO GET RID OF THEIR SINS. HOW MANY CITIES IN THE US WOULD ALLOW THIS? HAS NEW YORK GONE TOTALLY CRAZY? PEOPLE WOULD NEVER GO TO NEW YORK IF THEY SAW THIS RITUAL.IT MAKES ME TOTALLY SICK.

  14. Karen Davis says:

    Thank you for this report. The posters are so powerful. The merciless abuse of the chickens by Kaporos practitioners can never be sanctioned by any truly religious person as a way of cleansing oneself or one’s community of wrongdoing.The mistreatment of these innocent, helpless birds by starving them of food and water, cramping them for days in transport crates, heartlessly suspending them by their fragile wings, the COWARDICE of making them suffer and die for one’s sins – all of this insane cruelty is itself a sin. A merciful person does not do this.

  15. Crown Heights says:

    You do know your ancestors practiced the same thing thousands of years ago? All Jewish denominations today came from Orthodox….. You hate on them too? Do Orthodox Jews come to your neighborhood and online and attack you using coins and say you should use Chickens? Do they force you to eat meat? Do they ask why you killed trees to make paper and signs? Or why you kill plants to eat vegetables? You probably have no problem with abortion right? Tax dollars go to that too. There are people who don’t like that either. Do you go to abortion clinics run by Jews and say they are a voting block that’s why it’s legal to kill unborn babies? I get you don’t like the practice but why you spreadProproganda like this? You only make yourself look ignorant; not the other way around….it doesn’t make you a better person because you hate on Orthodox and where you came from.

  16. Donny Moss says:

    The people who swing innocent chickens around their heads by their fragile wings and slice their throats have blood on their hands (literally), not those of us who speak out against the abuses and provide the chickens with nourishment while they languish in the crates where they are held for up to several days with no food and water.

  17. Crown Heights says:

    Oh I see; you hate just Orthodox Jews? Unreal. Why is that? Not Liberal enough for you? What’s it your business who people vote for? The more you write the more people can see your hatred of them. Yes as Jews we should find ways to bring us together and stop Anti-Semitism. This Propaganda however only helps others find reasons to attack Jews. No one asks “Do you use coins or Chickens on Yom Kippur” before they shoot up a synagogue or attack a Jew in the street. Your own hatred of Hasidic Jews transfers to all Jews whether you like it or not. Next time a synagogue or Jew is attacked maybe you will rethink how much hatred you have created…..or maybe you will be the target and wonder why? You are allowed to be against using Chickens and you have that right 100%; but you are doing it in a way that spreads hatred among the non-Jewish population towards the Orthodox. Blood is on your hands…. remember that. See you next week and hope God forgives you on Yom Kippur for the hatred you spread among your own people.

  18. Donny Moss says:

    No one used the word “cahoots.” What we say, which is true, is that Hasidic communities vote in a bloc which is why elected officials work so hard to curry favor with them. If you didn’t represent such a powerful voting bloc, then the City would, in fact, enforce the laws that are violated during Kaporos instead of aiding and abetting in the crimes using our tax dollars, no less. We should all speak out against anti-Semitism when we see it and hear it, but we are not going to stop speaking out against the egregious abuse of animals during Kaporos. As Jews, we feel an obligation to defend God’s creatures against people who inflict so much pain and suffering on them.

  19. Crown Heights says:

    Donny,

    Making Proproganda like you do by saying Jews are in cahoots with the Mayor, calling them “Deranged”, and comparing a ritual with Measles and COVID is what makes it Anti-Semitic. Being against it and using coins is fine but you have taken a giant leap from that and entered “Harassment and Bigotry”. Look at the comments you get from other posters; that’s the hate you are helping forster. Also being Jewish doesn’t stop you from being Anti-Semitic; your words and actions do.

    What about stopping Christians from killing Trees and decorating their corpses with candles? Or how about Drs who rip out babies from mothers wombs? Is that your next target?

    Love From Crown Heights

  20. Donny Moss says:

    Are the Hasidim who speak out against Kaporos also anti-semitic? Or is it only the reform and conservative Jews who speak out anti-semitic? These animals suffer enough in the factory farms where you purchase them for Kaporos. Intensively confining them in crates for up to several days with no food or water before grabbing them by their fragile wings just adds insult to injury. You know just as well as the Jews who oppose the use of chickens as Kaporos that this is inhumane and puts all of us at risk of animal-borne diseases.

  21. Crown Heights says:

    More hatred against Jews. You people are a joke; everyone sees it’s not about chickens; its about hatred of Orthodox Jews. I hope you get arrested this year for stealing, trespassing and aggravated harassment.

  22. Bob Fried says:

    Just looking at what is said about Jews (degranged and bribes the mayor) in the videos and the comments here (J Peters calls Jews “Evil Bastards” proves this is just hate towards the Jewish Community. Now we know why there is so much hatred towards Jews.

  23. J. Peters says:

    What a Cruel Society who would allow this to continue by standing back and doing “F” all !!!.
    GET THE BLOOD LUST OUT OF NEW YORK!! and get that ……

    “EFFING S.O.B ….”BILL DE BLASIO OUT”!!!!…. GOOD FOR NOTHING ANIMAL HATER!!!!

    STRICT LAWS NEED TO BE ENFORCED, NOT ONLY WITHIN NEW YORK BUT THE AREAS SURROUNDING!!.
    EVIL BASTARDS WHO TAKE JOY IN TORTURING THOSE ANIMALS NEED TO BE TREATED THE SAME WAY!!!!!

  24. Mendel Glickman says:

    Looks like the Anti-semites are at it again. This is pure Proproganda! Jews are not in cahoots with Deblasio and they have a right to practice as they want. the courts have ruled over and over no laws are being violated thus they can’t enforce them….just because you don’t agree with the practice doesn’t make it illegal. Also this has nothing to do with COVID! COVID came from a bat. No wonder why the NYPD needs to protect Jews every year from you haters. You are costing the city money on NYPD barricades and staff because of the harassment Jews get every year from you people.

  25. Patricia Harmon says:

    Thank you for putting up the posters around NYC. This is one of the most senseless, violent and despicable act of any religion. It MUST stop.

  26. Max Yuki-Endo says:

    Need people to simply share with public officials and media and express concern. This is outrageous.

  27. MOREY MOSS says:

    THIS IS TRAGIC AND SHOULD BE STOPPED.I ONLY PRAY YOU WILL SUCCEED

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