Help End Chickens as Kaporos
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United Poultry Concerns (UPC) / End Chickens as Kaporos
October 2013


Read passionate blog post by Vegan Rabbit - Kapparot With Chickens: On Ritual Slaughter and Human Greed and watch Kapparot/Chicken-Swinging Ritual

Remember the cliché “Everything is connected”? Kaporos is a perfect example. Please sign online petition to City of Los Angeles to Ban Chicken Kaporos

Urge Kaporos Practitioners to Wave Money Instead of Chickens in 2013. Please sign online petition to Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky

And/or better yet, make direct contact:

Lubavitch World Headquarters
Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky, Director
770 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11213 
phone (718) 774-4000
fax (718) 774-2718
[email protected]


Kaporos ("atonements") is a custom preceding Yom Kippur - the Jewish Day of Atonement - in which chickens are ritually sacrificed by many Orthodox Jews. The person "swings" the chicken, held by the legs or by pinning the bird's wings painfully backward, around his or her head while chanting about transferring one's sins symbolically to the bird.

The chicken is then publicly slaughtered, and though claimed to be given to "the poor," thousands of Kaporos chickens are stuffed into garbage bags dead and alive and otherwise discarded as trash, as documented in Brooklyn and Los Angeles in 2012. Prior to the ceremony, the chickens are packed in transport crates, and unused birds have been found abandoned in their crates when the ceremony was over.

United Poultry Concerns and the Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos are thrilled to be working with Faith Action for Animals in Los Angeles to educate people about chickens and to end the chicken kaporos ritual which is tied directly to industrial farming – the source of the “spent” hens and “meat” birds degraded, injured, starved and murdered as substitutes for practitioners’ punishment and sins.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!

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