New York Post

Crying fowl at Hasids

- 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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