7 October 2019

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jill Carnegie | campaign@endchickensaskaporos.com

Contact: Rina Deych | 718-216-7103 | rrrina1@gmail.com

Activists Cross NYPD Barricades to Provide Food and Water for Birds Brutalized in Illegal Open-air Slaughterhouse in Brooklyn, Exposing Extreme Political Corruption

NEW YORK, October 7, 2019 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ - On October 7, 2019, hundreds of activists from the across the country will stage a Mass Vigil where brutal slaughter is performed in residential streets as part of an “atonement” ritual known as Kaporos. Under Section 356 of the Agriculture and Markets law, individuals may intervene if an animal is deprived of food and water for 12 hours or more while confined. During this Vigil, activists will exercise their right to provide water and food to thousands of suffering 6-weeks-old chickens. They will cross NYPD barricades to accomplish this basic act of decency for the tortured birds. 60,000 chickens are crammed for days in plastic crates prior to the Kaporos ritual, which includes merciless swinging by their delicate wings. Such handling causes broken bones and torn ligaments as they scream in pain.

The ritual culminates in throat cutting at illegally rigged-up slaughter stations, where children stuff the wounded birds into filthy traffic cones to bleed to death slowly in pain and terror. 15+ laws are broken, more than half of which are health codes, posing a significant public health risk (see the toxicology report), yet the NYPD aids this ritual thanks to Mayor de Blasio’s craven desire to curry favor with this powerful voting bloc of the Orthodox Jewish Community along with their donations to his political campaigns.

WHO: The Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos, Jewish Veg, Animal Save Movement, Shamayim Jewish Animal Advocacy, Interfaith Vegan Coalition, In Defense of Animals

WHEN: October 7th, Monday, 6:30pm

WHERE: Kingston and Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights, Brooklyn

WHY: Activists are holding this Mass Vigil and providing care to these mistreated birds as an act of civic duty and compassion for the birds who have been crated for days in the streets without food or water, and to expose Mayor de Blasio’s deference to politics over the public interest.