Rabbi David Lau: Prevent Animal Suffering

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GETTY152411206814064_waThe Jewish New Year is just around the corner, but animal rights organizations are already dealing with the Kapparot ritual which is conducted during the days leading to Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, to transfer one’s sins to a chicken.

The Let the Animals Live association has appealed to Israel’s new Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau, describing the suffering of live chickens used as part of the religious custom, prompting the rabbi to urge the public to “prevent animal suffering and unnecessary pain.”

In her appeal to Rabbi Lau, Let the Animals Live founder and spokeswoman Eti Altman wrote that “every year, ahead of Yom Kippur, our association receives many serious complaints about the appalling suffering of fowl held in the markets to be used as ‘Kapparot.’

“For hours and even days they are kept in small cages, sometimes in the hot sun, without food and without water. Although the Agriculture Ministry and Rabbinate have issued instructions to prevent these situations – this is not manifested on the ground.”

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