Slaughtering of chickens in Kaporos ritual, Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Sept 16, 2010





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This is the ritual of Kaporos ( http://endchickensaskaporos.com/custo... ). In this video you will see footage of the actual public slaughter of chickens.

Most of the chickens were still alive when they were shoved into the cones. If you talk to the rabbis, the shochets (slaughterers), and the general public, who are all indoctrinated from birth to believe that once the throat is cut, the bird is halachically (by religious law) DEAD, they will tell you that any movement you see is simply reflex. This would only be the case with beheading, when the brain stem is cut and the animal would perceive no more pain. However, when the throat is cut, the animal is not dead until it bleeds to death, and is still suffering until it loses enough blood to lose consciousness. Clearly that is no happening here. These birds are suffering and struggling to get away. They can't scream (although they are trying) because their vocal chords have been cut.
As a registered nurse, I once took care of a patient who was mugged in her lobby and had her throat cut from ear to ear. She dragged herself on the ground to a neighbor's door, and, although she couldn't scream because her vocal chord was cut, miraculously, the neighbor was able to hear her faint scratching.
She lost so much blood, she almost died. That PROVES that an animal is very much alive even after having their throat cut.


More information on Kaporos:

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 backward, around his or her head while chanting about transferring one's sins symbolically onto the bird. The chicken is then slaughtered and may or may not be given to the poor. Prior to the ceremony, the chickens are packed in crates, and birds not used have been found abandoned in their crates when the ceremony was over.

The Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos seeks to replace chickens in kaporos rituals for 3 principal reasons:

· The use of chickens as kaporos is cruel. They suffer in being held with their wings pinned backward, in being swung over the heads of practitioners, and in being packed in crates, often for days without food or water leading up to the ritual, which violates tsa'ar ba'alei chaim, the mandate prohibiting cruelty to animals.

· The use of chickens is not required by Jewish law. It is not a mitzvah but a custom that originated in the middle ages.

· There is an acceptable substitute that not only avoids cruelty but can help reduce hunger and show compassion. Money can be used as a non-animal alternative, and funds raised can be given directly to charities that provide food for the poor and hungry throughout the year, including 13,000 Jewish families living at or below the poverty line in New York City.

Please see Jewish Vegetarians of North America President Richard Schwartz's article: http://www.jewishveg.com/schwartz/kap...

And United Poultry Concerns' Karen Davis' excellent resource page: http://www.upc-online.org/kaparos/

Please check out our web site http://endchickensaskaporos.com/ and join our Facebook group http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid...

** Disclaimer: The purpose of the group is to promote the use of money, instead of chickens, in Kaporos. Many Jewish people already use money, instead of chickens, and some don't take part in the ritual at all. The spewing of anti-Semitism or prejudice of any kind will not be tolerated. Any blatantly anti-Semitic comments will be deleted. **


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