Kaporos observers “should be cultivating mercy for all those who suffer and not be perpetuating pain on sentient creatures in the name of
piety.” – Orthodox Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz,
A Yom Kippur of Mercy or Cruelty? | The Jewish Week.
The fact that Kaporos sites in New York are connected to a religious ritual does not exempt it from laws that are being broken by Kaporos practitioners. While the slaughter itself may be “protected,” the attendant animal cruelties, sanitation and health code violations are not.
To see 5 examples of the numerous applicable laws that government agencies have a duty to enforce, please click on our Change.org Petition. We ask that you add your signature, and if possible a few thoughtful words of your own, about why you are
petitioning New York State and New York City law enforcement to enforce the animal cruelty law and public health codes being violated by Kaporos practitioners in the week leading up to Yom Kippur (the Jewish Day of
Atonement) which this year starts at sunset October 3 and ends at nightfall October 4. Click on the Petition:
The Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos is a project of United Poultry Concerns comprising 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.