Animal Rights Group Appeals to Allow Slaughtering Chickens by Kapparot Ritual

A Los Angeles animal rights group is appealing to the court the dismissal of federal lawsuit against a Kapparot ritual, which a chicken is swung by its legs before being slaughtered.

The ritual is annually done by Jews between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Through donations, the ritual will be done in order to pass the sins of a person to the chicken as part of the process of atonement.

Los Angeles District Court Judge Andre Birotte Jr. earlier ruled against the animal rights activists in favor of Chabad of Irvine.

The United Poultry Concerns claims that the practice violates the state’s unfair competition law. But Judge Birotte Jr. said that Kapparot is a religious ritual supported by donations and is considered not a business act.

But Bryan Pease, attorney for United Poultry Concerns said that the judge failed to determine the legality of slaughtering chickens without the intention of consuming them.

For $18 of donation, the Kapparot ritual will be done, according to the Jewish Journal. Even though the meat should be donated to the poor. Instead, it was reported that they don’t really donate it to the poor. They would just hire someone to dispose it.

The case will now be heard to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

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