Jane Unchained News Network reports at a Los Angeles protest against a controversial religious ritual called Kapparot that involves killing chickens. Critics, including many rabbis, say it’s cruel and unnecessary because coins can be used instead. A large contingent of police set up a mobile van and fan out around the center where the ceremony is taking place. Protesters face off against those taking part in the ritual! JaneUnChained reached out to those guarding the center seeking a response to critics but got no comment. The center is invited on any time to respond!
Patty Shenker, the woman who coined the phrase “Peace Begins on Your Plate,” argues that Jewish law prohibits the inhumane treatment of animals. Cory Mac of Progress for Science, who helped organize this protest, explains the tradition and how ritual attendees use chickens. Rabbi Jonathan Klein further explains that the ritual was controversial from the beginning. He is organizing a fundraiser called “Coins Not Hens,” in which they raise money, instead of using hens, to give to charity.
The police say they’re unable to intervene to stop the slaughter of chickens because it’s the ritual attendees’ First Amendment right to kill these animals as part of a religious ceremony. They dismiss activist Lisa Karlan’s accusations of animal abuse, and insist they cannot enter or investigate further without a warrant. The police tell protesters they must shut down a projector light, powered by a generator, used to beam a message onto the ritual area. The police also object to a bullhorn used by demonstrators trying to get their message across as extremely loud music blares from inside the fenced ritual area. Until there is a time when all animals have rights, alongside humans, practices like these can continue. If dogs, cats, or humans were being tortured and sacrificed that day, the officers’ reactions would have been different. The ceremony would undoubtedly have been halted. “Farm” animals have almost no rights.
In the next video Rabbi Jonathan Klein holds a peaceful Kapparot ritual using coin offerings to benefit the hungry instead of using chickens. Please watch and share these videos!