Thousands of chickens die needless deaths every year before Yom Kippur through a religious custom called "kaparot or kaparos", which means "atonement" for their actions.  This custom involves an individual swinging a live chicken over their head three times.  To make matters worse, the chickens are kept in very crowded and cramped cages nearby before the religious ceremony takes place.  After the ceremony the chickens are slaughtered by cutting their necks and traditionally have been used for food for the poor but reports have stated that many dead chickens are wasted and thrown into the trash.

 We urge you to stop the useless killing of chickens for the ceremony.  We recommend that you substitute contributing coins instead of chickens.  It expresses and teaches compassion and the money raised can go to charities to help those in need.  

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