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Bloodshed in Brooklyn – Video from the Final Night

October 2, 2014 by Leave a Comment


The News

After spending several days stuffed in crates with no food or water, tens of thousands of chickens were swung in the air and slaughtered during the final night of Kaporos, the Yom Kippur ritual of transferring one's sins to a live chicken. [caption id="attachment_3284" align="alignnone" width="1280"]Ritual practitioners line up to slaughter sin-filled chickens Ritual practitioners line up to slaughter sin-filled chickens[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3281" align="alignnone" width="1280"]Slaughter in the streets of Brooklyn Slaughter in the streets of Brooklyn[/caption] Following is a short video of the chaotic scene during the final hours of the ritual - the chickens, the butchers and the ritual practitioners debating the protesters. http://youtu.be/N9QNYaDIiJA [caption id="attachment_3289" align="alignnone" width="1280"]In a bit of irony, a Mitzvah (good deed) mobile was parked near slaughter tent In a bit of irony, a Mitzvah (good deed) mobile was parked near slaughter tent[/caption]

Opinion

[caption id="attachment_3282" align="alignnone" width="1209"]Protesters clash with Kaporos practitioners Protesters clash with Kaporos practitioners[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3287" align="alignnone" width="1280"]By and large, the practitioners cannot relate to the protesters' concerns about the chickens By and large, the practitioners cannot relate to the protesters' concerns about the chickens[/caption] The 2014 Yom Kippur street protests are over, but the Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos will, throughout the year, continue its fight to outlaw this barbaric ritual. Because of its size and voting power, the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community is very powerful, but, through legal strategies, outreach to sympathetic rabbis, public relations and education, the Alliance is convinced that the chickens will ultimately prevail.

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Lawyers File Emergency Order to Shut Down Chicken Swinging (New Video)

October 1, 2014 by Leave a Comment


The News

Lawyers for the Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos filed an emergency order with the City of New York arguing that the swinging and slaughtering of tens of thousands of chickens in the street should be shut down because the ritual causes immediate, irreversible damage to public health and violates animal cruelty and sanitation laws. A judge is expected to issue a decision on Wednesday. Following is a one minute video of the ritual taken on Tuesday, the first of three days of chicken swinging that lead up to Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement. http://youtu.be/GCdjrdhwQOA On Tuesday night, a few dozen activists clashed with hundreds of Orthodox Jews who were "transferring their sins" to live chickens while swinging them around their heads. The activists were contained in a pen and were surrounded by Kaporos practitioners who are always eager to debate. [caption id="attachment_3221" align="alignnone" width="901"]Protesters & chicken swingers square off Protesters & chicken swingers square off[/caption] This barbaric scene that takes place year after year is heart-breaking for activists, but the community has hope. Karen Davis, the founder of United Poultry Concerns and who traveled from Virginia to participate, says: “As more and more animal rights activists get involved, and with legal challenges in the works, many Orthodox rabbis are publicly condemning Kaporos on grounds of animal cruelty and sacrilege.” [caption id="attachment_3215" align="alignnone" width="1280"]Kaporos Thousands of chickens will be held in crates for several day with no food or water[/caption] Animal rescuers, including Jenny Brown from the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, were on hand to save as many chickens as possible and transport them to sanctuaries to live out their natural lives in the company of with hundreds of other farm animals who escaped from slaughter. [caption id="attachment_3255" align="alignnone" width="774"]Woodstock tends to injured chicken rescued from Kaporos Woodstock tends to injured chicken rescued from Kaporos[/caption]

Your Turn

Please sign the Change.org petition urging NYC to enforce the laws being broken by Kaporos practitioners.

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Activist Arrested for Liberating Chickens; Hundreds of Others Found Dead

September 30, 2014 by Leave a Comment


The News

Kaporos, the annual chicken-swinging ritual that takes place before Yom Kippur, doesn't start until Tuesday night, but, already, an activist has been arrested, and hundreds of chickens stacked in crates on the street have died. [caption id="attachment_3194" align="alignnone" width="463"]Activist Arrested (photo: Yeshiva World News) Activist Arrested (photo: Yeshiva World News)[/caption] Wearing a Mercy For Animals t-shirt, an activist from New Jersey was arrested on Monday for allegedly stealing chickens from a "Kaporos Center" in Brooklyn. Authorities found the liberated chickens in his vehicle. Sadly, these animals, who had a brief taste of freedom in the back of a van, will most likely be used in the Kaporos ritual and then slaughtered. [caption id="attachment_3196" align="alignnone" width="790"]Liberated chickens are free no more (photo: Yeshiva World News) Liberated chickens are free no more (photo: Yeshiva World News)[/caption] In a separate incident, Brooklyn resident Rina Deych, a founding member of the advocacy group working to end the chicken-swinging ritual, made the grisly discovery of hundreds of dead chickens stacked in crates, and she took footage with the hope that authorities would charge the perpetrators with animal cruelty. stacked chickens kaporos2 Ms. Deych suspects that the chickens, who are deprived of food and water for several days, died of dehydration: "We just witnessed hundreds, possibly thousands of chickens dead in crates in Brooklyn. We called the police, but they would not take our report. NYPD is supposed to respond to animal cruelty and neglect cases." stacked chickens kaporos1 Ms. Deych's video documentation of dead and dying chickens:

Your Turn

If you live in or near NYC, please attend one or more of the three anti-chicken swinging protests organized by the Alliance to End Chickens for Kaporos. The protests take place from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in Brooklyn, New York.

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