Brooklyn, NY – On Monday, a Manhattan Supreme Court justice gave the go-ahead for the 2,000 year-old Orthodox practice of Kaporos to begin in Brooklyn after clipping the wings of a challenge from a local animal rights group who claimed the ritual was inhumane and unsanitary.
NYPOST.com (http://bit.ly/1ie6aK3) reports that Supreme Court Justice Debra James didn’t see eye-to-eye with the suit brought by the Brooklyn-based Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos who named the city, the NYPD, and local Jewish leaders as defendants in their suit which portrayed the Jewish ritual in court documents as “carnival-like and chaotic public nuisance.”
Reaction from the Jewish community was swift and jubilant.
“No one has the right to change our religion,” said joyous 27 year-old Yossi Ibrahim from Crown Heights. “This ruling proves we can’t be touched.”
Alliance to End Chickens attorney Nora Constance Marino said she was “devastated” by the ruling.
“To be forced to endure opening up your front door annually to a mass animal slaughter is just dumbfounding,” Marino said.