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.


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