These 150 happy young chickens were rescued by Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary from a Brooklyn market after an estimated 2000 died in crates from heat and starvation. The chickens were intended to be a part of Kaporos rituals. I don’t know much about Kaporos but it seems pretty bad for the chickens obvi.
More info on Kaporos:
The Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos seeks to replace chickens in kaporos rituals for 3 principal reasons:
-The use of chickens as kaporos is cruel. The birds suffer when being held with their wings pinned backward, swung over the heads of practitioners, and in being packed in crates, often for days without food or water leading up to the ritual. All these actions violate 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, including 13,000 Jewish families living at or below the poverty line in New York City.
To sponsor one of these youngins, donate here.
Six years ago, I tried my first roasted chestnut. I was living in Germany, and throughout December you could buy paper cones full of hot roasted chestnuts at the Christmas market. Well, markets, you know I didn’t go to just one.
Unless you live on the East Coast, or in Europe, you are probably not going to be able to buy them hot and fresh on the street—it’s not like you need to keep your hands from freezing inside your gloves after a 15-minute bicycle ride in California, right? Or at least not traditionally, so how about just buy some whole chestnuts and roast them at home; they smell so good, and they’re good for you, and right, also they’re tasty, very tasty. Here’s a recipe!
[photo by olgucz]