By COLlive reporter in Crown Heights
Animal rights activists tried to disrupt the Jewish custom of using live chickens for Kapparos – atoning before Yom Kippur – in the Brooklyn section of Crown Heights.
The group of 7, said to be affiliated with the PETA organization, came Wednesday to the neighborhood to “save the chickens from being slaughtered.”
To do so, the men and women deceivingly stood in line to purchase chickens alongside Chassidic residents on President Street and Kingston Avenue, as witnessed by a COLlive.com reporter.
But they did not use the chickens for the prayer and then return them to the Hachnosas Orchim charity which feeds many bochurim and guests during the Tishrei holidays.
Instead, as COLlive.com discovered, they were seen bringing the chickens across the street to a waiting truck that belongs to “Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary” (whose mission statement is helping “abused and neglected farm animals such as cows and pigs”).
One of the activists, who did not give his name, did not deny the scheme.
“We plan to buy as many chickens as possible,” he told a passerby.
Some enterprise-minded Israeli bochurim were seen purchasing chickens for the $10 fee and then selling them to the PETA affiliated activists at a $5 profit.
Kapparos chickens are also being sold by NCFJE at 824 Eastern Parkway for a subsidised price of $5.