Is Kaporos Unnecessary and Inhumane?
An op-ed featuring client Karen Davis, president of United Poultry Concerns and founder of the Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos, ran in the New York Daily News today. She asks readers if Kaporos, a Yom Kippur tradition, is really necessary. The eye-opening read discusses details around the ritual practiced yearly in corners of NYC, which Davis refers to as “an inhumane carnivalesque nightmare.”
She quotes Orthodox Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz saying Kaporos observers “should be cultivating mercy for all those who suffer and not be perpetuating pain on sentient creatures in the name of piety.”
Davis argues there are other ways to practice Kaporos that avoids animal cruelty, reduces hunger and shows compassion to all.
-Dan Grody, TGPR