United Poultry Concerns will stage a protest demonstration at the Chabad Shul of Potomac in the front parking lot at Chabad of Potomac at 11621 Seven Locks and Gainsborough Road in Potomac, Maryland. This is where a kapparot chicken “swinging” ritual is scheduled for Thursday, September 24.
Protesters say that Kapparot chicken “swinging” defenders claim the ritual is “compassionate.” This claim is completely refuted by eyewitness accounts, photographs and videotapes documenting the suffering, crying birds and the callous treatment they receive at the hands of the practitioners.
“Kapparot practitioners typically hold the birds with their wings pulled backward,” the group says in a statement. “This is a painful experience and potentially injurious to the ligaments and tendons of these birds, who have already sat miserably cramped in transport crates, often for days without food or water, before being swung.”
Representatives of the animal rights organization PETA were also on hand at the Kapparos ritual in Crown Heights on Wednesday, distributing flyers reading “Gelt, Not Guilt.”