Protest Against the Abuse and Slaughter of Chickens for Kaporos Ritual

In coordination with The Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos, Green Vegans, NARN, and others will protest the needless use of chickens in Kaporos rituals and urge that money be used instead. The demonstration is to raise awareness and opposition eliminate the “swinging” and slaughtering of chickens in Kaporos ceremonies the week before Yom Kippur – the Jewish Day of Atonement – in which chickens are ritually sacrificed by many (but not by most) Orthodox Jews by being waved over practitioners’ heads and butchered in public ceremonies.

WHY:The use of chickens as kaporos is cruel. They suffer in being held with their wings pinned backward, in being swung over the heads of practitioners, and in being packed in crates, often for days without food or water leading up to the ritual, which violates tsa’ar ba’alei chaim, the mandate prohibiting cruelty to animals.The use of chickens is not required by Jewish law. It is not a mitzvah but a custom that originated in the middle ages.There is an acceptable substitute that not only avoids cruelty but can help reduce hunger and show compassion. Money can be used as a non-animal alternative, and funds raised can be given directly to charities that provide food for the poor and hungry throughout the year.

We assert that these abuses of chickens violate Seattle Municipal Code 9.25.081—Offenses Relating to Animal Cruelty in addition to Washington State RCW’s 16.52.207 and 16.52.205 relating to animal cruelty in the second and first degrees respectively. They require that chickens in a domestic setting be humanely handled and given access to adequate food, water, and shelter. The Kaporos chickens are left tightly packed in crates from beginning of transport, to delivery and storage, and until they are pulled out and swung overhead three times while held by their wings. The pain and distress of the birds is obvious to anyone watching the filmed rituals.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDVSwU1QObM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrKys_0gdjk

http://www.youtube.com/user/EndChickensAsKaporos

Because they are no longer on a farm and exempted from anti-cruelty statutes, these are domestic animals that deserve active protection under state and Seattle law. Kaporos practitioners violate this law so flagrantly and mercilessly that their actions violate their own prayers for mercy and peace. And while they may claim to distribute the butchered birds to the poor, this distribution is, according to rabbis and other critics, meaningless because the mistreatment of the chickens used in Kaporos renders them non-kosher – a point Rabbi Avi Zarki in North Tel Aviv made this year in “Israel: Kaporos Under Fire Earlier Than Usual” in The Yeshiva World, September 4, 2012. Moreover, chickens dead and alive have been reported in Los Angeles and New York being thrown into garbage bags without any charitable goal.

THIS WILL BE A PEACEFUL AND RESPECTFUL PROTEST.

It will be held outside of the Congregation Shaarei Tefilah-Lubavitch of the Chabad House (chosen because it is affiliated with the Brooklyn synagogue where The Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos is hosting demonstrations in Brooklyn) at 6250 43rd Ave NE.

SUNDAY Sept 23, 5:30pm and MONDAY Sept 24, 6:00pm

You don’t have to be Jewish to attend, but we encourage those who follow the Jewish faith to stand up against the violation of the mandate against tsa’ar ba’alei chaim (causing cruelty to animals). The heart of any religion is compassion and empathy–join us to encourage that traditions and customs reflect those values.

WHAT TO BRING:

Please feel free to make signs with these suggested slogans:

USE MONEY FOR ATONEMENT–STOP CRUELTY TO CHICKENS

“THE RIGHTEOUS PERSON CONSIDERS THE SOUL OF HIS OR HER ANIMAL” ~ BOOK OF PROVERBS

SLAUGHTERING CHICKENS FOR KAPOROS:
TZA’AR BA’ALEI CHAYIM
(causing cruelty to animals)

(Any proverb from the Old Testament about compassion for animals)

(Any other slogan which must be respectful of the aims of the ritual and of the Jewish faith)

IF YOU CAN”T ATTEND:

Please sign this petition:
http://www.change.org/petitions/urge-kaporos-practitioners-to-wave-money-instead-of-chickens

“Since this is not a clear duty but rather a tradition, and in the light of the kashrut problems and cruelty to animals, and in the light of all of what our aforementioned rabbis said, it is recommended that one should prefer to conduct the atonement ceremony with money, thus also fulfilling the great mitzva of helping poor people.”
–Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, Head of Jerusalem’s Yeshivat Ateret Cohanim and Rabbi of Beit El, in a letter to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Israel quoted in The Jerusalem Post, September 14, 2010.

“Beyond the objections of the Ramban, Rashba and the Bet Yosef to the custom of ‘kapparot,’ and beyond the warnings of rabbinic authorities such as the Chayei Adam, Kaf HaChaim, Aruch HaShulchan and the Mishanah Brurah regarding the halachic infringements involved in using live fowl for this custom, the latter also desecrates the prohibition against “tzaar baalei chayim” (causing cruelty to animals). Those who wish to fulfill this custom can do so fully and indeed in a far more halachically acceptable manner by using money as a substitute as proposed by the latter authorities mentioned above.”
–Rabbi David Rosen, CBE, KSG, International Director of Interreligious Affairs, AJC, and Chief Rabbinate of Israel’s Honorary Advisor on Interfaith Relations. Former Chief Rabbi of Ireland, August 25, 2011

“A custom must operate within the confines of Judaism’s basic fundamental values. The Torah prohibits Jews from causing any unnecessary pain to living creatures, even psychological pain. It says in the Book of Proverbs, ‘The righteous person considers the soul of his or her animal.’ The pain caused to the chickens in the process of performing Kapparot is absolutely unnecessary. Giving money is not only a more humane method of performing the practice of Kapparot but it is also a more efficient way of ensuring that those who are in need will receive the requisite assistance.”
–Rabbi Shlomo Segal, Rabbi of Beth Shalom of Kings Bay in Brooklyn, New York, August 25, 2011

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National Primate Liberation Week: Win a Vintage 1985 Animal Rights Shirt

OK Animal lovers. We you know are you are getting ready to attend some of the National Primate Liberation Week events that we have in store for you. But to make coming out even more fun and rewarding, NARN is giving away an extremely rare and special t-shirt.

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This T-shirt, only worn once for this photo session, commemorates the liberation of Britches from a California lab in 1985 by the ALF. Britches story is inspiring and special – and reminds us of the real lives behind the laboratory cages. If you aren’t familiar with Britches, check out the 10 minute mini-movie made about his story and his rescue. The t-shirt is bright white and an XL, so it can be made to fit most sizes either as-is, or with tailoring. Could be made into a patch, or tank, or something else cool too.

Britches Tshirt

How to enter the drawing? Each event that you attend during National Primate Liberation week (kick-off, movie, UW protest, postering, etc) you’ll be entered. And bonus: for every letter you write at the kick-off event, Sunday Oct 7, you’ll be entered too! Please share this awesome drawing with all your vegan and animal loving friends too. We can’t wait to run into someone in Seattle wearing this shirt!

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Film Screening: Maximum Tolerated Dose

Maxium Tolerated Dose Movie Poster

 

As part of National Primate Liberation Week, NARN and Seattle ADL will be bringing you a screening of the moving new documentary film, Maximum Tolerated Dose. Equal parts found-footage mash-up, verité investigation, and artful meditation, the film charts the lives of both humans and non-humans who have experienced animal testing first-hand, with hauntingly honest testimony of scientists and lab technicians whose ethics demanded they choose a different path, as well as the simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking stories of animals who have seen both sides of the cage. This film will help us re-ignite the debate about animal testing by bringing these rarely-heard perspectives to the fore.

Please check out the film trailer.

This free event is your opportunity to learn more about animal experimentation in the medical industry, think about the primates and other non-human animals in laboratories right here in our city, and most importantly, invite friends and family who haven’t thought twice about this issue. This meaningful and thoughtful film will leave you inspired by the honest and open conversations about what happens in laboratories. We may even have a special guest speaker! This is not an event to miss

Monday, Oct 8, 2012
7:30-9:30 PM
FREE
Odd Duck Studio – Capitol Hill
1214 10th Avenue Seattle, WA 98122 (near Union and 10th)

 

Bonus: As with all of the National Primate Liberation Week activities, every person who attends this screening will be entered into the drawing for the mega awesome vintage 1985 Animal Rights t-shirt showing the story of Britches, the famous baby macaque monkey rescued by the ALF.

See you there!

 

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Action Alerts

 

 

Tell Paris NHP (Non Human Primates) that Animal Exploitation is Not Ethical Business
Paris NHP sells primates to labs all over the Us for so that they can be used in laboratories.  Paris proudly toutes their services and client list
http://www.parisnhp.com/index.html

Let them know how you feel about their business of buying and selling living creatures to be tortured and killed in the name of science.  Be polite though, because we aren’t the uncivilized ones.

Paris NHP
Box 1454
Edmonds, WA 98020-1524
425-673-1264
Fax: 425-673-1625
WRM@parisnhp.com

 

 

Tell the FDA: Crushed beaver anal sacs are not a “natural flavoring”
For years, various food companies have been using “castoreum” to flavor ice cream and other foods. The problem? Castoreum is a fancy word for a compound from the crushed anal “sacs” of beavers.  Not only is this stuff disgusting and inhumane, it’s kept totally secret. Under FDA rules, companies don’t need to include castoreum on the ingredients list — they can just call it “natural flavoring”.  The FDA normally just hears from big business lobbyists, but if we all speak out, we can demand they adopt honest rules about this disgusting practice. That’s why we need everyone to contact them.

Tell the FDA: Please stop allowing “castoreum” to be considered just another “natural flavor” and require food manufacturers to include it on the ingredients. Customers deserve to know when they’re eating animal products.

Federal Drug Administration (FDA)
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20993
phone (888) INFO-FDA (888) 463-6332)
online contact form – http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/ContactFDA/default.htm

 

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News of Note

Man who beat dog sentenced to 6 months in jail
A Washington state man who beat a neighbor’s dog with a hatchet after luring it with treats has been sentenced to six months in jail.  The Pierce County prosecutor’s office says 55-year-old Ricky Knowles was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty in July to first-degree animal cruelty.

 

Economics, Politics, and Hunting
In 2006, about 5% of the American adult population hunted. This number is a 4% decline from 2001 and a consequent 3% reduction in hunting-related expenditures. The trend is part of a two-decades decline in hunting numbers, but this is not the only important statistic. Although 5% of the American population hunted, there is a strong, interlinked network of economic support for hunting that includes the firearms and sporting goods industry, conservationists, and government entities like the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW). Furthermore, the financial dependence and institutional centrality of hunting for the DNR and DFW mean they are not responsive to democratic demand but rather are merely the state arm of the pro-hunting lobby. A sober account of the financial assets of the hunting industry is necessary if we are to effectively understand the power it may exert over policy and public opinion.

 

U.S. lawmakers from Tennessee, Kentucky introduce legislation to stop walking horse abuse
To stop the soring of Tennessee walking horses, two U.S. lawmakers from Tennessee and Kentucky today introduced legislation to end the use of action devices and to end self-policing in the industry.

 

Would We Be Healthier With a Vegan Diet?
A July 2012 Gallup poll puts the percentage of American adults who say they consider themselves vegetarian at 5%, and those who consider themselves vegans—who eat no meat or dairy products—at 2%.

 

Obese elephants in Tamil Nadu given slimming help
Veterinary surgeons point out that obesity and captivity go hand in hand.  Elephants eat up to 200 different varieties of food in the jungle, including fruits, flowers, roots and branches, but in captivity their diets often lack variety…Many of the temple elephants throughout India – including 37 in the state of Tamil Nadu – are living in appalling conditions, studies have shown.
Romney Ryan Record Of Animal Abuse
In 1997 Romney bought German animal torture company Behring and expanded its animal research to Miami, Florida renaming it Dade Behring. He invested in slaughterhouse products, brought brutal rodeo into the nonviolent Olympics, had an aggressive promotion of toxic animal flesh ads on Clear Channel, refused to sign a bill acknowledging the right of students to refuse to dissect animals in biology classes, filled the state wildlife agency with that 4.5% of the population which hunts, treated his family dog terribly while breaking Massachusetts law.


Deadly African Ebola Virus Linked to Bushmeat
Uganda and Congo experienced Ebola outbreaks this year, and a report in 2004 found the deadly virus tended to surface among wildlife before human outbreaks nearby. Gorillas, chimpanzees and duikers are among the species susceptible to Ebola, and they may transmit the disease to humans who come into contact with the carcasses. In Kenya, the African Network for Animal Welfare is working to educate local people about the risk of contracting Ebola and other zoonotic diseases from handling and eating bushmeat, but local economics pose serious barriers to stemming the practice.

 

The Social and Ideological Foundations of Meat Consumption and Vegetarianism*
Meat consumption is associated with multiple ethical, health and environmental issues. Considering the social issues associated with meat consumption, vegetarianism is a good potential alternative to current dietary patterns.


Ten Things Every Vegan Knows (That You May Not)

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Amitai Etzioni Says Political Action Will Make You Happy

Some folks may wonder why NARN Board Members, campaign leads, and volunteers do what we do. If you volunteer with us, you may wonder why you do what you do. I mean really. Life is kind of hard. Work is hard. Relationships are hard. Why go out to the streets and be mocked for standing up for animals, when you could be playing World of Warcraft? Why spend the weekend behind a table at a local street fair, in hopes of reducing exploitation of animals for food, when you could be drinking with friends at the beach? Why spend your (very) hard earned money on putting on events, movie screenings, or ad campaigns against animal abusers when you could spend it on train ticket to Portland (yum)?

Well, the first answer, of course, is: to make a difference in the lives of living animals and future generations of our fellow earthlings. But wait. That is not all! Turns out that stepping into the community and standing up against injustice will make you a much happier person too!

World famous scholar and sociologist, Amitai Etzioni, shares his research in this simple, short, personal video. He says that our new iPhones won’t make us happy, but relationships, cultural and intellectual pursuits, and political action will. Check it out:

You Don’t Need to Buy This

If you don’t believe Dr. Etzioni, I think you should take him up on his challenge. Ditch the shopping trip and contact us about volunteering with NARN and see if you aren’t happier for it. We dare you. Email info@narn.org or fill out this form.

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Action Alerts

 
Tell USDA to fine Harvard Medical School for negligence

Demand that Harvard Medical School receive the largest fine possible under the Animal Welfare Act for the negligence which has killed multiple monkeys. Primates at Harvard have died of dehydration, traumatic injuries, and following medical procedures.

Dr. Elizabeth Goldentyer
USDA/APHIS/AC
920 Main Campus Drive, Suite 2000
Raleigh, NC 27606
(919) 855-7100
Betty.J.Goldentyer@usda.gov

 

 

Tell Walmart to Stop Supporting Cruelty

Contact Walmart and let them know how you feel about their support of factory farms

https://corporate.walmart.com/contact-us/store-corporate-feedback

 

http://www.change.org/petitions/speak-out-against-walmart-s-cruelty-to-pigs

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News of Note

Fight over wild wolves reignited by plan to kill as many as 4
Five years after wild wolves began returning to the state, a long-simmering conflict between wolves and livestock has exploded with a vengeance, as state sharpshooters attempt to kill some of the predators that recently killed a rancher’s cows in Northwest Washington.

 

Harvard Dead Monkeys Make Top 10 List for Lab Violations
Harvard Medical School logged its latest lab-monkey death this past spring when a cotton-top tamarin monkey died of thirst for lack of a water bottle. Then 41 deer mice died in April at a Harvard facility after their water source got cut off.  As with the monkey, the U.S. Department of Agriculture gave the country’s oldest institution of higher learning an official warning. In less than two years, four monkeys have died in Harvard labs, including one left in a cage as it went through a mechanical washer.

 

More black Americans are giving up meat and dairy. 
While there are no firm numbers, anecdotal evidence indicates a rising interest in vegetarianism and veganism among black Americans. In fact, their interest has contributed to the growing list of Internet sites and cookbooks geared to that group, including By Any Greens Necessary by Tracye Lynn McQuirter; Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, & Creative African American Cuisine by Bryant Terry, and The Ethnic Vegetarian by Angela Shelf Medearis.

 

Vegan Feud
Peruse the scintillating trade literature of the meat industry and you’ll find that of all the forces currently arrayed against the livestock industry (drought, corn prices, opposition to subsidies, the vegan Skinny Bitch empire), none evokes as much vitriol as the Humane Society of the United States, or HSUS.  Nevertheless, as the abolitionists correctly point out, there’s nothing especially revolutionary about HSUS’s approach to improving the lives of farm animals. HSUS works closely with Big Agriculture, never calls for animal liberation, and never explicitly endorses the habit that most efficiently prevents animals from being killed: veganism. This reticence infuriates abolitionists, who seek the eradication of not only animal agriculture but also all animal ownership and exploitation through ethical veganism.  Francione’s logic is hard-hitting, but his extreme message is unlikely to resonate widely in a population that’s only 1.4 percent vegan. According to social psychologist and longtime vegan Melanie Joy, the abolitionist approach could attract a lot more supporters if it acknowledged, as HSUS does, that most people are going to embrace veganism on their own—you can’t strong-arm them into it.

 

Farm Use of Antibiotics Defies Scrutiny
Eighty percent of the antibiotics sold in the United States goes to chicken, pigs, cows and other animals that people eat, yet producers of meat and poultry are not required to report how they use the drugs — which ones, on what types of animal, and in what quantities. This dearth of information makes it difficult to document the precise relationship between routine antibiotic use in animals and antibiotic-resistant infections in people, scientists say.

 

Going Vegan: The Right Choice For President Clinton And Me
Clinton’s decision to go vegan was more of a necessity than a choice. He knew that if he didn’t change something he’d probably die. But there are multitude of other reasons to go vegan or vegetarian. For some, it’s discontent with the large scale factory farms, that often pump animals with hormones, additives and fillers. It’s the inhumane conditions at these farms — in which animals live in small, cramped pens for the entirety of their lives and then die. For others, it’s a question of morals or spirituality. For me, it’s all of the above.

 

Dairies Curtailing Cow-Tail Cutting
The U.S. dairy industry is moving to abandon the little-known but pervasive practice of removing tails from cows, a new victory for activists who say they are seeking to improve the treatment of farm animals.  The National Milk Producers Federation, the largest dairy-industry group, said recently it would oppose tail docking in its animal-care program, which is used by producers of more than one-third of the nation’s milk.

 
Sustainable Innovation: The Vegan Shoe
When three shoe-industry professionals met in 2009 to start their own company, they were not driven by ideals of sustainability, veganism or even durability. Instead, they wanted to find a creative independence that had been missing in their corporate offices.

 

Vegan pest control
Pest control is often a dilemma for many vegans. As an ethical vegan your compassion for life should not stop for a living being just because they are considered a pest. You may not like spiders and rats but that is not a reason to kill them, especially when there are other options available.

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