Cry­ing fowl at Hasids

New York Post - - NEWS - Leonard Gereene

An an­i­mal­rights group is su­ing the city and sev­eral rab­bis in a bid to save chick­ens from be­ing sac­ri­ficed in a Ha­sidic Jewish rit­ual.

Ev­ery year, thou­sands of chick­ens are sac­ri­ficed by some Ha­sidic sects as part of the Yom Kip­pur ob­ser­vance.

In the atone­ment rit­ual, live birds are held aloft while a per­son’s sins are sym­bol­i­cally trans­ferred to the chick­ens be­fore they are slaugh­tered, ab­solv­ing ob­ser­vant Jews of their sins.

Or­ga­niz­ers say the slaugh­tered chick­ens are do­nated to the poor.

But ac­tivists said the cer­e­mony is bar­baric, and have been protest­ing the prac­tice in Brook­lyn neigh­bor­hoods.

The Al­liance to End Chick­ens as Ka­po­ras has filed suit against the city, the Health Depart­ment and sev­eral rab­bis, seek­ing en­force­ment and fines to end the rit­ual.

The law­suit charges that makeshift slaugh­ter­houses used by observers are a “nui­sance” and a “pub­lichealth risk.”

Last year, feath­ers flew in Brook­lyn when an an­i­mal­rights zealot tried to bust up the rit­ual by steal­ing a coop full of chick­ens.

Hesa Tushar, 39, al­legedly swiped the birds from Bor­ough Park in Oc­to­ber.

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