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Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc.
38 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, New York 12572 USA -  845-876-2626
Vegetarian - Vegan - Animal Rights - Health - Nutrition - Environment

The mission of the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc. is to promote the vegetarian ethic in the Mid-Hudson (New York) region, educate the community and aid anyone in the pursuit of a totally vegetarian (vegan) cruelty-free and healthful lifestyle.

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Letter to New York Times - 18 Sep 2002

To The Editor:

Your choice to picture the custom of kapparot (swinging a chicken around three times overhead) as a front page picture on September 16 is, to me, sad and misleading. It is misleading as most Jewish people neither practice or believe in this ritual that is said to transfer one sins to the hen as preparation for Yom Kippur. We believe that we must ask God to forgive us for sins against God. We must speak directly to the people we have wronged.

It is sad as this ritual involves cruelty to the animals. Being swung around is terrifying to the birds who have been kept crated for several days without food or water. Some of us belong to organizations including Jews for Animal Rights and SERV (Society of Ethical and Religious Vegetarians) who work to educate religious groups of all faiths about the relationship of humane treatment of animals and the teaching of love compassion and kindness that are at the core of all religious teachings.

Roberta Schiff
President, Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society
845.876.5598
212.399.2428

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