Animal activists are crying fowl over the controversial Jewish tradition of killing thousands of chickens in a pre-Yom Kippur redemption ritual.But remember: religion is holy and god is good.
The soon-to-be slaughtered poultry used for the Kaparot tradition are left on the street for hours — even days — in small plastic transport crates.
Last year, more than 2,000 redemption roosters in Borough Park died due to the heat before the Day of Atonement, which begins at sundown Friday this year.
Ultra-orthodox Jews use the chickens in a rite, observed before Yom Kippur, in which they’re swung above the head three times in a symbolic transference of one’s sins. They’re then slaughtered and — ostensibly — donated to the poor for a pre-fast meal.I wonder how long it will take before this practice moves to a football or baseball field. After all, religious nonsense mixes so well with sports. (See post below.)
But many of the chickens are merely tossed into plastic garbage bags and taken to city landfills, videos online show. In some instances, live chickens that are too sick for a kosher slaughter are put in the bags and suffocated to death.