21465News Release: Karen Davis, Ph.D. Discusses Animal Slaughter at NYC Bar Association Meeting
- Jun 16, 2014Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos - http://www.EndChickensAsKaporos.com/
For Immediate Release
16 June 2014
Karen Davis, Ph.D. Discusses Animal Slaughter at NYC Bar Association Meeting
Machipongo, VA - June 16, 2014 - In the U.S. and worldwide each year,
millions of chickens are cruelly slaughtered by some members of the Orthodox
Jewish community in a ritual called Kaporos. Experts on constitutional law,
theology and animal rights gathered for a historic panel at the New York
City Bar Association, Committee on Animal Law, this past Thursday evening.
The standing room only audience heard from experts including Karen Davis,
Ph.D., United Poultry Concerns, Kaporos Alliance; Lori Barrett, Esq.,
Committee on Animal Law; Gary Francione, Esq., Rutgers University School of
Law; Richard H. Schwartz, Ph.D., Jewish Vegetarians of North America; and
Rabbi Eliyahu Soiefer, Jewish Vegetarians of North America Rabbinic Council.
The panel was moderated by Elizabeth Stein, Esq., Committee on Animal Law.
"We were delighted to see the interest about the topic among the general
public, since most people have no idea that this cruel ritual exists," said
Davis who founded the Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos in 2010 to shed
light on the practice. "Kaporos, meaning 'atonements,' is a custom in which
a chicken or money may be used. Using chickens is practiced by some Jews
shortly before Yom Kippur. Davis described how a rooster (for a man) or a
hen (for a woman) is held above the person's head and swung in a circle
three times in the belief that they are transferring human sins to the
chicken. The chicken is then slaughtered and may or may not be given to the
poor for food. Members of the public have written letters complaining about
animal cruelty on public sidewalks, streets and pedestrian malls, as well as
the human health hazards of Kaporos as a result of the blood, feces and dead
or dying chickens left where the ritual is performed.
PDF of Karen Davis's Presentation:
"The Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos is an association of people who
seek to replace the use of chickens in Kaporos ceremonies with money or
other non-animal symbols of atonement. The Alliance does not oppose Kaporos
per se, only the unnecessary use of chickens in the ceremony," Davis said.
"It's plain and simple animal cruelty. Their misery is so compounded that
the best thing to happen to them under the circumstances is to die," she
told the seminar attendees regarding the 2,500 chickens who died of heat
stroke, starvation and thirst in the transport crates in Brooklyn during the
2013 week of Kaporos.
Many religious Jews also oppose using chickens as Kaporos. "Dr. Amir Kashiv,
a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, reviewed our videos of
Kaporos," Davis said. He reported that, '...lifting the bird by its wings
places an unnatural tension on ligaments, tendons and bones. Swinging the
bird in the air can cause dislocations, tears, ruptures and broken bones.
The manner in which chickens are handled during the ritual of Kaporos is, in
my view, painful and harmful and thus inhumane.' "
Davis added, "While the Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos focuses on
Kaporos, our campaign is part of the broader discussion about the way
chickens are mistreated in our society and around the world - just as
cruelly and needlessly. When people express horror over images depicting
what Kaporos chickens go through, it provides an opportunity to point out
that the chicken on their plate suffered no less."
Kaporos protests are planned later this year in New York and Los Angeles.
For more information or to make a donation, please visit
http://www.endchickensaskaporos.com or http://www.upc-online.org,
Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/UnitedPoultryConcerns) and
Susan Tellem, APR, RN. BSN
The Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos is a project of United Poultry
Concerns comprising an association of groupsand individuals who seek to
replace the use of chickens in Kaporos rituals with money or other
non-animal symbols of atonement. http://www.EndChickensAsKaporos.com.
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