Karen Davis, PhD, founder of United Poultry Concerns (UPC), based in Machipongo, Virginia, said, "I founded the Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos, a project of UPC, in 2010 after witnessing years of horrors. During Kaporos, certain Jewish practitioners wave chickens, held by their legs or wings pinned backward, around their heads while chanting verses about transferring their sins and punishment symbolically to the bird in the name of religion." She added, "As more and more animal rights activists get involved, and with legal challenges in the works, many Orthodox rabbis are publicly condemning Kaporos on grounds of animal cruelty and sacrilege."
Davis pointed out that many other laws are being violated at the Kaporos sites. "Some of the laws that are blatantly not enforced include animal nuisance laws which prohibit sellers of live poultry from leaving chicken blood, feces and feathers on the sidewalk and street," she said. Davis added that it is illegal to pile up dead animals on the street prior to their disposal. Photos exist of thousands of dead chickens awaiting disposal in trash trucks in major U.S. cities, including Los Angeles and New York. Davis added, "The chickens need mercy from us. We ask Kaporos observers to show mercy and use money instead of chickens."
Founded in 1990 by Karen Davis, United Poultry Concerns is the world's foremost non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the respectful treatment of domestic fowl. To learn more about UPC, please visit www.upc-online.org, Facebook and twitter @upcnews and @kindkaporos.
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