This short film by Duncan Skiles recounts how a couple rescued their chicken, Penelope, from a custom called Kaporos. The custom precedes Yom Kippur (Jewish Day of Atonement) and involves chickens being sacrificed by Orthodox Jews. As the couple in this story illustrates, people generally give little thought to chickens.
***Footage of sacrifices and disposal of live chickens into garbage bins appear from 3:12 to 5:02. Viewer discretion is advised.***
There are many more chickens whose stories don’t end well however. Kaporos has taken place quite recently as this footage of activists trying to disrupt the chicken massacre in Brooklyn shows.
***Includes footage of sacrifices and cruelty.***
See Suffering of Chickens in the Kaporos Ritual: The Facts by Karen Davis, Ph.D., President of United Poultry Concerns and founding member of the Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos, and visit Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos’ website for more information on Kaporos. And let’s consider the way chickens are treated, not just in the context of this ritual but in factory farms as well!