Police Must Stop Protecting the Illegal Killing of Animals in Ritual Ceremonies

Target: Charles Beck, Deputy Chief of Los Angeles Police Department and David Maggard, Chief of Irvine Police Department

Goal: Stop protecting the illegal killing of chickens in religious ceremony.

Two police departments have been accused of ignoring animal cruelty laws in connection with a Jewish ceremony that involves slaughtering chickens. In the annual ceremony, called Kapparot, a live chicken is swung over a person’s head before being slaughtered. The action of swinging the chicken over the head is said to represent that person’s sins being transferred from them and into the bird.

A lawsuit, filed by the Animal Protection and Rescue League, accuses the Irvine Police and Los Angeles Police Departments of protecting the illegal killing of aimals. The lawsuit claims that the police departments have refused to crack down on the Kapparot ceremonies. Attorney Bryan Pease, who filed the lawsuit on behalf of the Animal Protection and Rescue League, says that it’s illegal to kill and discard animals for a religious ritual without using them for food. Not only should the senseless killing of innocent animals be illegal, the crime should be treated seriously. It’s appalling that police would blatantly ignore animal murders such as this. Please add your signature to the petition below to demand that the police departments stop turning a blind eye to the alleged illegal killing of animals and start taking action to stop it.


Dear Chief Beck and Chief Maggard,

Two California police departments are accused of ignoring laws regarding the illegal killing of animals. According to a lawsuit, the police departments turn a blind eye to the annual Jewish ceremonies where chickens are swung around, and then slaughtered.

We’re appalled that this crime against innocent animals isn’t taken seriously by the police. We, the undersigned, demand that police start taking action against these allegedly illegal animal killings.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. It’s illegal! Cops are suppose to enforce the law! Do your job! Stop the killing of these innocent animals! This is cruelty and abuse!

  2. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    stop animal holocaust.

  3. Barton Dixon says:

    “If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.” Albert Einstein

    “Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” Authur Schopenhauer

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