The Orthodox Jewish community in New York are able to freely exercise their religious practice of Kaporos, a Manhattan Supreme Court Judge ruled on Monday.
A group calling themselves’ The Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos’ had sued the city, the NYPD and local Jewish community leaders in state Supreme Court, arguing that the ritual was inhumane and unsanitary.
“The Kaporos ritual . . . involves the practitioners’ grasping of live chickens by their wings and swinging them above their heads three times and reciting prayers. The purpose of this act is to transfer the practitioner’s sins to the birds. After swinging the bird, the adherents slit the chickens’ throats with a sharp knife. The meat is then donated to the poor,” the suit submitted to court stated.
But as reported by The NY Post, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Debra James dismissed the challenge on Monday, the first day of Rosh Hashanah, saying there wasn’t enough proof that the ritual was a public nuisance.
“We are pleased that the court recognized the city’s authority to exercise discretion in this matter,” Law Department spokesman Nick Paolucci said, according to The Daily News.