Ban Barbaric Ritual Slaughter of Chickens in Public Streets

Target: Karen Davis, Ph.D., President of United Poultry Concerns, Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos

Goal: Escalate efforts to ban ritual Kaporos, where chickens have their throats cut while conscious.

A ritual killing where chickens are swung through the air before having their throats cut has been allowed to continue in public streets in New York. The ritual, performed by Ultra-Orthodox Jews, is known as Kaporos, and is performed before Yom Kippur. Not only does the practice cause unnecessary pain and suffering, but poses a threat to public health.

Before slaughter, the chickens are swung in three circles in the air while the slaughterer prays that God transfers their sins to the bird. The animals then have their throats slit while conscious, in accordance with Kosher slaughter rules. According to rights group Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos, over 50,000 animals suffer in cramped cages in the days leading up to the slaughter.

This open-air slaughterhouse in the streets can also become a breeding ground for bacteria. Chickens have been known to carry various parasites as well as Salmonella, a bacteria that can be deadly to humans. According to the Center for Disease Control, more salmonella infections are caused by contact with live chickens rather than through the food supply.

While a court recently ruled to keep this barbaric slaughter legal, it’s possible that a higher court won’t take the same stance. Sign the petition below to ask the Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos to escalate this case to the state’s highest court in order to save tens of thousands of chickens each year from torturous ritual slaughter.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Dr. Davis,

A court recently ruled that the slaughter of chickens in public streets should remain legal. Kaporos involves the swinging of chickens in the air before their throats are slit while fully conscious. This ritual not only causes excessive and unnecessary pain to animals, but also causes a danger to public health. Salmonella, a sometimes deadly bacteria, is common in the digestive tracts of chickens and can infect people who come in contact with them.

This outdated and cruel slaughter must be stopped. We, the undersigned, ask you to continue working to stop it by escalating the case to New York’s highest court.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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16 Comments

  1. THERE ARE ANY RELATION BETWEEN THESE ATROCITIES AND GOD. GOD IS LIFE AND THIS BARBARIC ACTIONS ARE DEATH, PAIN, AND VIOLENCE. BEHIND THESE TERRIBLE AND HORRIBLE, AND UNFORGIVABLE RITUALS; PEOPLE SHOWS FEAR AND THEIR MENTAL DISEASE. THE CRUELTY AND VIOLENCE PROMOTE IGNORANCE TOO, AND THAT IS THE REASON BECAUSE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN US PROMOTE HATE.

  2. This is sick. We are way beyond stupid rituals. This needs to stop now!

  3. There is NO way your sins will be transferred to these innocent birds. This is almost to much to even comprehend. Stop this senseless slaughter. I can’t believe that this is allowed on public streets, let alone at all!!!! God is not happy.

  4. Tina shurtleff says:

    Why do so called religious people have to torture living creatures for their stupid ceremonies. This act of cruelty proves your not religious at all. Shame on your barbarism

    • TOTALLY AGREE!!! Freedom of religion should NOT mean a free pass on torture & cruelty that others would be prosecuted for!! Time to evolve people, I don’t care what your freaking religion is, cruelty is cruelty, simple as that!!! You think the poor, helpless victims suffer any less because it’s a “ritual”?? Such ignorance!!!

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