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Every year, 60,000 baby chickens are tortured and killed along the bustling streets of New York City during Kaporos, a Jewish ritual, according to organization End Chickens as Kaporos. The young chickens, around five-weeks-old, are stacked in transport crates on city streets, sometimes for days leading up the ritual, without any food, water, or protection from the weather. For the ritual, the chickens are yanked from the crates and swung by their wings while practitioners chant to transfer their sins symbolically to their birds. The birds are then slaughtered, many left abandoned on the city streets while still alive.

Thankfully, compassionate people have been speaking out against the cruelty of the ritual, urging practitioners to use money instead of chickens. For chickens who fell out of the crate or were otherwise spared the horror of the ritual, there are many farm animal sanctuaries who give these innocent chickens refuge. For instance, Woodstock Farm Sanctuary recently took in one of the victims of the Kaporos ritual, a young chicken named Rebecca.

Rebecca was born at a hatchery, where she was originally destined to be slaughtered at six-weeks, but was instead bought to be used in the Kaporos ritual. 

Now, Rebecca will live out her days in peace at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, where she will become an ambassador for the thousands of other chickens who weren’t so lucky. 

 

We are so thankful Rebecca is now safe and will be able to live out her life in peace! Chickens are intelligent, social, can communicate with more than 30 different calls, and they’re great cuddle partners. Chickens are amazing mothers and take care of their babies long before they have hatched. It has been found that they “talk” and “purr” to the eggs during incubation. When the chicks hatch, hens are even more loving. They defend their babies from predators, show empathy for their chicks and teach their young everything they need to know.

To learn more about this remarkable rescue and how you can help Rebecca and her chicken’s friends, visit Woodstock Farm Sanctuary’s website.

Lead image source: Woodstock Farm Sanctuary/Facebook

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Ruth Eisenbud
18 Days ago

The following is a list of animals in addition to the traditionally sacrificed as an expression of Joy during the Christmas season:

Alligator, Antelope, Black Bear, Buffalo, Cervena (farm-raised, free range venison), Elk, Frog legs, Kangaroo, Python, Rabbit, Rattlesnake, Venison, Wild Boar...A great specialty is suckling pig, where infant pigs weighing 20 pounds are slaughtered for the occasion (see appendix A):

"$8.99 per pound for suckling pigs. 7.99 for larger pigs. This item is store pickup only. Sustainably raised in Massachusetts and Vermont. All whole pigs are supplied raw and fully dressed. We will try to get to your requested weight, but this is not guaranteed. Please allow one full week for your order to be fulfilled. Savenor\'s will call with a confirmation of your order. Standard ovens usually fit 20 pounds and under, please order accordingly. Please call butchers directly to order. Boston 617-723-6328 or Cambridge 617-576-6328." http://www.savenorsmarket.com/web/butchery/game-specialty/

How much joy is their in killing a defenseless, innocent piglet? For those steeped in the violence of dominion, apparently there is much joy.

An animal activist tired of the cruelty of sacrifice in the christian tradition noted:

“A note to all happy families gathering around tables with a centerpiece of a murdered innocent - enjoy.
Apparently God thought no more of his "only begotten son" than a piece of meat - for, after all, he had his only son tortured and crucified because he was pissed at Adam and Eve and some of their offspring - so - Jesus is now heroically called "the lamb of god" and that\'s ok with most Christians. Kill the human "lamb of god," then eat the human "lamb of god" at communion time while crossing yourself, and then to celebrate Easter, go take a living, breathing, real baby lamb and eat that, too. Good killing and Good Eating.
P.S. If no baby lambs are available at your local market, and your neighbor farmer won\'t sell you a baby lamb, a pig will do.” - name with held

No matter that you call it a sumptuous feast, sacrifice by any other name is still just plain old sacrifice.


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Denise
18 Days ago

So, this JEWISH RITUAL ENCOURAGES PEOPLE OF YOUR RELIGION to stack chickens in transport crates on city streets, sometimes for days leading up the ritual, without any food, water, or protection from the weather.

For the ritual, THE CHICKENS are yanked from the crates and SWUNG BY THEIR WINGS while "PRACTIONNERS!!!!!!!!" - more like abusers - CHANT to transfer their sins symbolically to their birds.

The birds are then SLAUGHTERED, many left ABANDONED on the city streets while still alive. AND THAT\'S WHAT YOU PEOPLE CALL "A RITUAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!". REALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS PURE TORTURE AND SLAUGHTERING OF God\'s (or what ever you call him) creatures.

After torturing the chickens for days, you go to your "church" to pray!!!!!!!!!!!!! What\'s wrong with this picture???????????????????

STOP TORTURING HELPLESS CHICKENS BECAUSE YOU SINNED. IF YOU SINNED, THE CHICKENS HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT. IT IS NOT THE CHICKENS\' FAULT.

I BET YOU ARE ALL HAPPY YOU WERE NOT BORN CHICKENS.......... AND YOU ALL KNOW WHY... YOU TOO WOULD BE YANKED FROM THE CRATES AND SWUNG BY THE WINGS.
STOP TORTURING HELPLESS CHICKENS BECAUSE YOU SINNED. AGAIN, THE CHICKENS HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH YOUR SINNING. CONTROL YOURSELVES.


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Ruth Eisenbud
28 Sep 2017

All three of the doomnion (not a typo) religions: judaism, christianity & islam, are equally cruel. All three sanctafy animal abuse & slaughter for human advantage.... SO singling out judaismm has tones of anti-semitism, especially when you say.... \'so your religion\' with innuendo, as if christianity were any better.

Consider that the peak killing season for animals is the Christmas Season, where every animal known to man is killed for sumptuous feasts that celebrate violence to animals. Not even Rudolph is safe. There are christian youth hunting ministries that teach young children to take pride in killing animals...

Each one of the semitic religions (judaism, christianity & islam) are cruel and violent each in their own way...

There is only one religions that understands and practices reverence for life, the Jain religion of India
that is based on AHIMSA: non-violence to any living being. There are no cruel rituals, no sumptuous feasts of flesh and carnage to celebrate a cruel tradition that dishonors and disrespects the lives of animals....There are no Jain youth hunting ministries, no killing seasons.

AHIMSA
"All things breathing, all things existing, all living beings whatever, would not be slain or treated with violence, or insulted, or tortured or driven away. This is the pure unchanging eternal law, which the wise ones who know the world have proclaimed..." Jain Acharanga Sutra

"All beings with two, three, four or five senses in fact, all creation know individually pleasure and displeasure, pain, terror and sorrow. ALL are full of fears which come from all directions. And yet there exist people who would cause greater pain to them...Some kill animals for sacrifice, some for their skin, flesh, blood, feathers, teeth or tusks;...Some kill them intentionally and some unintentionally. Some kill because they have been previously injured by them...and some because they expect to be injured. He who harms animals has not understood or renounced deeds of sin...He who understands the nature of sin against animals is called a Sage." Jain Acharanga Sutra

Ruth Eisenbud
19 Days ago

50,000 chickens were killed and mutilated in the name of a religious tradition: the judeo.christian ethic of dominion that does not value life, but imposes human dominion over animals....

Genesis 9:1-3 "The fear and dread of you shall rest on every animal of the earth, and on every bird of the air, on everything that creeps on the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; into your hand they are delivered. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; and just as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything."

50,000 to one are not very good odds.

to improve the odds, opt out of religions that instigate violence to animals & and chose a more benevolent tradition: one that prohibits animal sacrifice and slaughter, the Jain - Ahimsa tradition:

"All things breathing, all things existing, all living beings whatever, would not be slain or treated with violence, or insulted, or tortured or driven away. This is the pure unchanging eternal law, which the wise ones who know the world have proclaimed..." Jain Acharanga Sutra

"All beings with two, three, four or five senses in fact, all creation know individually pleasure and displeasure, pain, terror and sorrow. ALL are full of fears which come from all directions. And yet there exist people who would cause greater pain to them...Some kill animals for sacrifice, some for their skin, flesh, blood, feathers, teeth or tusks;...Some kill them intentionally and some unintentionally. Some kill because they have been previously injured by them...and some because they expect to be injured. He who harms animals has not understood or renounced deeds of sin...He who understands the nature of sin against animals is called a Sage." Jain Acharanga Sutra



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John Pasqua
19 Days ago

GREAT PEOPLE AT WOODSTOCK FARM SANCTUARY


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catharina
19 Days ago

It doesn\'t sound like these rescues are at all reducing the number of chickens who are abused & killed. There needs to be a meeting between the rabbis & the animal people, & they also need to see if any existing animal cruelty laws are being broken. If not, the laws need to be changed.


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Amy Veloz
20 Days ago

This is ridiculous and cruel. What does torturing chickens have to do with getting rid of sin. The people who chose to do this are only adding the sin of cruelty to themselves. It\'s a disgrace!


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Kate
20 Days ago

Although I have nothing to do with these jews but am what I call a cultural and historical atheist Jew I feel ashamed of what the Jews do. No person has the right to cause harm or death for any kind of ritual or tradition. To treat these chickens in this manner is cruel,, self centered , and entitled. If they want a tradition a new one must be started as this one is abominable.


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