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21465News Release: Karen Davis, Ph.D. Discusses Animal Slaughter at NYC Bar Association Meeting

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    Jun 16, 2014
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      Alliance 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
      twitter @upcnews.

      Press contact:
      Susan Tellem, APR, RN. BSN
      310-313-3444 x1

      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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