This week saw the annual event of Kaporos take place in cities around the world. Kaporos is a customary atonement ritual practiced by some Jews on the eve of Yom Kippur.
Each year thousands of chickens are sent onto city streets from factory farms. Many of these individuals are kept confined in small crates without food or water for as long as 4 days before the ceremony.
During the event a chicken around is swung around a person’s head three times while saying a prayer to transfer their sins to the bird, before giving the chicken to a butcher, who then slaughters it.
This event happens on the streets of cities and towns, and it is estimated that up to 50,000 chickens are killed in Brooklyn alone. Despite claims that the corpses are given to the poor, many are often found in trash bags in the days following the event.
When the chickens who survive the transport arrive at their destination, the ritual participants swing their legs and wings through the air, then cut their throats and place them in traffic cones as they bleed to death.
In the following video you can clearly see how participants of this “festival” tear off the heads of the chickens and then stuff them – still conscious – into garbage bags.
Why should they have to suffer for our sins? No matter the tradition, the custom or the culture, there is no excuse for the treatment and exploitation these individuals face.
Those who wish to celebrate Kaporos in the coming years can still do so, swapping the sentient being for money, as done by many Jews who disagree with the practice.
Anonymous for the Voiceless
My comment: Here I also see another illogical and immoral business with God, namely: I sacrifice the innocent so that my guilt will be forgiven!
Well-known deal at all geographic locations! On this basis has always and every religion worked.
Without blind, stupid and fanatical God’s servants no religion would have survived!
Innocents in the name of God are always tortured, murdered and massacred by people who preach love to God and their fellow human beings.
“You can only have peace if you give it”, Ebner-Eschenbach has said.
That is the reason, why any religion will have never peace.
My best regards to all, Venus