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City of Los Angeles: Enforce the code banning Kapparot, ritual animal abuse
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mayor eric garcetti

City of Los Angeles: Enforce the code banning Kapparot, ritual animal abuse

    1. wendie dox
    2. Petition by

      wendie dox

      los angeles, CA

Despite Los Angeles Municipal Code Section 53.67, banning animal sacrifices in religious and cult rituals, each September during the Jewish high holidays, the City of Los Angeles allows a variance to a small segment of the orthodox community to perform the pagan custom of chicken swinging. In this unusually cruel ritual, a live chicken is swung around a person's head and then its throat is slit. This barbaric custom of “transferring sin” to the chicken has no basis in Talmudic law; it is a superstition from the Middle Ages, and modern Jews that observe this practice, called “kapparot,” substitute coins wrapped in a cloth, which are then given to charity.


Kapparot is now being operated as a moneymaking scheme in several synagogue and synagogue annex parking lots in the Pico-Robertson section of Los Angeles. The charge is $18 to $28 per chicken, and each participant gets one slaughtered in his honor. The chickens are then mostly thrown away (which there is documented evidence of), as most food banks and pantries are unable to accept them. This is contrary to the organizers’ claims that all of the useable parts are donated to the needy.


This year I witnessed thousands of chickens sacrificed in parking lots in my neighborhood, with blood running into the sewer, dead chickens tossed into dumpsters, chckens stuffed into cages and dying in the heat without food and water, along with filth and excrement scattered all over. From the street, passersby can plainly hear the cries of the chickens, see them struggling to breath and stand up in the cages, and actually watch them die of heatstroke and shock. Many were in the sun for three days without food or water. They died on top of each other, and their bodies were tossed into the dumpster, in violation of health codes.


While there, I saw facilitators of this operation get cited repeatedly, yet not shut down. It took two squad cars and four officers (1/4 of the police officers on duty for the entire west side of Los Angeles), to guard this slaughter and protect the perpetrators from angry community residents and animal activists. They also had to respond to repeated calls reporting harassment, threats and physical attacks on the protesters. 


This ritual has no place in civilized society, particularly in a

progressive city that prides itself on its animal welfare record.


We petition the City of Los Angeles to to enforce the code banning this cruel and barbaric practice.

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    1. Reached 6,000 signatures
    2. Update on the Kapparot animal sacrifices..

      wendie dox
      Petition Organizer

      I dont know it you have all heard that 2500 chickens died of heatstroke last week in New York whle awaiting to be sacrificed. I dont know which death was less stressful on these poor birds, I do know that 2500 chickens died for nothing and needed to be thrown away. This barbaric ritual must stop. Please continue to share this petition so when i take it to the mayor of Los Angeles, I can remind him that indeed, the whole world is watching him.
      Thank you.

    3. Reached 1,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Diane Fenchel LOS ANGELES, CA
      • 18 days ago

      Kosher Is Cruel. This is absolutely abusive, inhumane, immoral with NO religious value. It is antiquated mindless neanderthal activity for rabis to make blood money. Just disgusting in every way.

    • Cynthia Portera LONG BRANCH, NJ
      • about 1 month ago

      ritual animal sacrifice is abuse of living things. If people wish to pray let them pray not lkill an animal!

    • Natalie Jarnstedt GREENWICH, CT
      • about 1 month ago

      Unfortunately, most of animal torture is connected to religious rites, or believed to be condoned by religions by the sheer absence of not speaking out against it. All animal sacrificial rites are strictly man-made; God didn't ask anyone to torture, maim, kill animals. Isn't it odd that God spoke to everyone in "Biblical" times, yet he doesn't right now (except to some "chosen" ones who claim to directly communicate with God).

    • Katie Cather LOOMIS, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      Animal cruelty aside, it is totally ILLEGAL to allow such run off into our storm drains. The Water Quality Board or local enforcement agency of NPDES regs should hit them with arrests and fines

    • Judy Michaels BLOOMFIELD, NJ
      • about 1 month ago

      Religious Sacrifice should not be an excuse for barbaric 16th century cruelty. As a Jew, I find this reprehensible.


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