End Chickens as Kaporos
September 4, 2013
It sounds like something out of some weird "primitive" religion in an "underdeveloped" country. But it's going on right now, as it does at this time every year, in New York City, Los Angeles, Jerusalem and other cities around the world that have orthodox Jewish populations.
In the "tradition" known as "kaporos" or "kapparot", on the eve of the Day of Atonement you buy a live chicken from a dealer, tie her up in a particularly cruel way, wave or swing her around your head or someone else's, and then kill her. In doing this, you are said to have transferred your sins to the chicken, who then conveniently dies for those sins.
Activists Will Rally In Brooklyn, NY:
Sept 9 Illuminated Van, Williamsburg & Boro Park 6-10 p.m.
Sept 10 Protest 6-8 p.m. 792 Eastern Parkway, (corner Kingston Ave.), Brooklyn, NY, 11213. Illuminated Van 7-9 p.m.
Sept 11 Protest 6-8 p.m. 502 Ave. P (corner E. 5th Street), Brooklyn, NY, 11223. Illuminated Van 7-9 p.m.
Sept 12 Protest 6-8 p.m. 792 Eastern Parkway (corner Kingston Ave.), Brooklyn, NY, 11213. Illuminated Van 7-9 p.m.
The Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos is hosting three 2-hour protest demonstrations in Brooklyn, September 10-12, 2013, to protest the use of chickens in Kaporos ceremonies the week before Yom Kippur – the Jewish Day of Atonement – in which thousands of chickens are painfully waved by their wings or legs and butchered in public ceremonies by many Orthodox Jews in New York, Los Angeles, Jerusalem and elsewhere.
This year’s Brooklyn protests will feature ILLUMINATED BILLBOARDS on the sides and back of a van projecting the voice of Hasidic Rabbi Yonassan Gershom explaining why suspending chickens by their wings is cruel and why using chickens for Kaporos violates the Torah mandate to show compassion to animals instead of hurting them - watch A Kaporos: A Heartfelt Plea.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!
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