Ban Barbaric Ritual Slaughter of Chickens in Public Streets

Target: Karen Davis, Ph.D., President of United Poultry Concerns, Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos

Goal: Escalate efforts to ban ritual Kaporos, where chickens have their throats cut while conscious.

A ritual killing where chickens are swung through the air before having their throats cut has been allowed to continue in public streets in New York. The ritual, performed by Ultra-Orthodox Jews, is known as Kaporos, and is performed before Yom Kippur. Not only does the practice cause unnecessary pain and suffering, but poses a threat to public health.

Before slaughter, the chickens are swung in three circles in the air while the slaughterer prays that God transfers their sins to the bird. The animals then have their throats slit while conscious, in accordance with Kosher slaughter rules. According to rights group Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos, over 50,000 animals suffer in cramped cages in the days leading up to the slaughter.

This open-air slaughterhouse in the streets can also become a breeding ground for bacteria. Chickens have been known to carry various parasites as well as Salmonella, a bacteria that can be deadly to humans. According to the Center for Disease Control, more salmonella infections are caused by contact with live chickens rather than through the food supply.

While a court recently ruled to keep this barbaric slaughter legal, it’s possible that a higher court won’t take the same stance. Sign the petition below to ask the Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos to escalate this case to the state’s highest court in order to save tens of thousands of chickens each year from torturous ritual slaughter.


Dear Dr. Davis,

A court recently ruled that the slaughter of chickens in public streets should remain legal. Kaporos involves the swinging of chickens in the air before their throats are slit while fully conscious. This ritual not only causes excessive and unnecessary pain to animals, but also causes a danger to public health. Salmonella, a sometimes deadly bacteria, is common in the digestive tracts of chickens and can infect people who come in contact with them.

This outdated and cruel slaughter must be stopped. We, the undersigned, ask you to continue working to stop it by escalating the case to New York’s highest court.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. OMG. This sickening sadistic and barbaric Jewish religious ritual is horrifying. They torture and murder 50,000 chickens a year in New York alone? And this is also done in many other American cities, in London, and in Israel.
    How is it possible that a court would rule that this is legal? Well I looked it up. In the New York Daily News, June 6, 2017, Justice Judith Gische is quoted as saying “…the United States Supreme Court has recognized animal sacrifice as a religious sacrament”.
    How many Americans know that? How many Americans know about this ritual torture going on today? It’s horribly appalling to say the least.

  2. simon hooper says:

    Oh fuck the public health what about the cruel killing halal as well its revolting jews arabs Turkish they all kill like that.

  3. This completely beggars belief! Jews actually believe that they can can sin as much as they like and killing a hen will exonerate them? Where are they living? This sort of thing belongs to the old testament! Why on earth are they allowed to carry on like this? They are putting themselves in the position of the Almighty! Who the hell do they think they are? Backward, mindless self important – what goes round comes round.

  4. Nooshin Perla says:

    STUPID and BARBARIC, how else can you describe the Jews, and the rest of damn cruel people and fanatic religions every where. They are still as dumb as they were thousands of years ago. You might look and dress different, but you are still as dumb as you were then. It is scary and sad to know that there is NO hope for you losers to become a true human being! Just praying that you get to feel the same pain that these beautiful creatures are feeling.

  5. ban this cruelty to chickens in new york now.

  6. Kathryn Irby says:

    Stop the ritualistic Kaporos, in which chickens’ throats are cut while they are conscious!!! This is nothing less than Cruel, Horrific Animal Abuse, and it is Very Unacceptable!!! STOP IT NOW!!!

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