Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos Demo #1

The Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos was started in 2010 to protest the use of chickens in the ritual of kaporos or kapparot, which is a custom practiced by some orthodox Jews right before Yom Kippur. Not mandated in the Torah or Talmud, it is estimated that 50,000 chickens are used in this ritual in Brooklyn alone, every year. In 2010 and 2011, we held demos in Crown Heights, Williamsburg, and Midwood, posted online petitions, placed print ads in three publications, including the Jewish Press, Jewish Week, and Five Towns Jewish Times, placed animated ads that flashed 400,000 times over a week in 30 online Jewish publications and purchased a brief spot on a Times Square billboard.

This year, we are inviting the participation of sanctuaries and other animal groups and encouraging them to come with their banners to show that we stand together against this cruel and outdated practice. We realize it is difficult to attend a demo where animals are going to be tortured and killed (it’s one of the hardest things most of us have ever done), but as hard as it is for us, it is infinitely harder for the chickens, and we must be there to speak out for them and show that we care.

Participating in this campaign also leads to the broader discussion of the way chickens are exploited and tortured in our society, and it can be a bridge to promoting veganism. When people express horror (which most do) over images depicting what kaporos chickens go through, it provides an opportunity to point out that the chicken on their plate suffered no less.

Please read A Wing And A Prayer for more information about the practice. Then please join us in speaking out against it.

Let’s let the chickens know we are there for them.

What: Protest the use of chickens in the ritual of kaporos - Demo #1
When: Sunday, September 23rd 4-6 PM Where: On Eastern Parkway, between Kingston and Albany Avenues, diagonally in front of the Brooklyn Jewish Children’s Museum (792 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11213).
Subway: Take the #3 to Kingston Avenue. Subway exits in front of the Museum
Bus: The B44 Bus stops just 2 blocks from the museum on E. Pkwy and New York Ave. The B43 stops right in front of the museum on Kingston and Eastern Parkway.

Thank you,
Rina Deych

Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos

Please Sign Our Petition Urging Money Instead of Chickens in Kaporos Rituals
29 August 2012 -

The Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos is a project of United Poultry Concerns. It is an association of groups and individuals who seek to replace the use of chickens in Kaporos rituals with money or other non-animal symbols of atonement. The Alliance does not oppose Kaporos per se, only the cruel and unnecessary use of chickens.


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  • Rina D.

    Please come to our two demos in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, to protest the cruel and archaic torture and killing of chickens in the ritual of kapparot. This practice is not mentioned in the Torah or Talmud, and was only written down in the Middle Ages in a volume called Shulchan Aruch (the Set Table). Great sages and rabbis have spoken out against the use of chickens for this custom, and encourage the use of a sack of money, which can then be donated to charity.
    This is not an easy demo to attend. It is, however, infinitely harder for the chickens to endure this torture. Therefore, we MUST speak out for them. These are baby birds, about 6 weeks old, crying pitifully while being manhandled and killed. Please, let us join together to defend these helpless creatures

    September 17, 2012

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