July 9, 2015
FYI: Myself and Jessica Astrof, Esq. have filed a lawsuit in New York County
Supreme Court seeking a permanent injunction banning the practice of using live
chickens for the Jewish ritual known as Kaporos, wherein live birds are grabbed
by their wings (many times, breaking them) and swung around in the air
above a practitioner's head, before the chicken's throat is slit and she is
killed. It is believed that the sins of the human are transferred to the
chicken during this ritual of atonement. Our plaintiffs include the Alliance to
End Chicken as Kaporos, which is an association of United Poultry Concerns,
along with twenty other local resident plaintiffs.
Approximately 50,000 birds are trucked into Brooklyn for this event, which takes
place the week before Yom Kippur. Many die in transit, or in the stifling
crates they are packed tightly into, without being given food or water for days.
This event takes place in the streets of Brooklyn, which become entrenched in
blood, feces, urine, feathers, and toxic and contaminated debris. This event
also takes place in many other locations throughout the country. According to
religious custom, coins may be used in place of chickens for this ritual.
The law suit alleges that this event violates numerous health
codes, agriculture and markets laws, sanitation laws, street permit regulations,
labor laws, and animal cruelty laws; and that this event is a public nuisance.
It is also alleged that the NYPD and other city agencies fail to fulfill their
obligations of enforcing the laws, rules, and regulations that are
Read the story in the New York Daily News and watch the Channel 7 news interview
-Nora Constance Marino, Esq.
Law Offices of Nora Constance Marino
175 East Shore Road
Great Neck, NY 11023
email: info@MarinoLawNY.com /