Robin: Rescued from the Dead - A New Film by Unparalled Suffering
Robin: Rescued From the Dead
is a new documentary produced by Unparalleled Suffering. It debuted on
Sunday July 28th at the Animal Rights National Conference in Washington,
DC. Vanessa Dawson, cofounder with Steve Dawson of Penelope’s Place
in New York, and Karen Davis of United Poultry Concerns, moderated the Q
& A session following the film.
Robin: Rescued From the Dead
documents the rescue from a plastic trash bag of a “dead”
chicken – a baby rooster – who was slaughtered during the
ritual of Kaporos in Brooklyn, New York in the fall of 2018 along with
thousands of other chickens. Watch Robin’s amazing recovery from
trauma and terror, as he experiences human love and medical care at
Penelope’s Place sanctuary in New York, by visiting:
www.upc-online.org/videos/190802_robin-rescued_from_the_dead.html. The film
is also posted on the Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos website.
What is Kaporos?
Kaporos (“atonements”) is a custom practiced by a segment of
Orthodox Judaism in parts of the U.S. and the world where these communities
are located. The ritual, which precedes Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of
Atonement, consists of practitioners swinging chickens over their heads as
a chant is recited stating that the chicken is a substitute for the
practitioner’s punishment. The substitute punishment is fulfilled by
the chicken being slaughtered. Prior to the ritual, thousands of chickens
sit crammed in transport crates for days without food, water, or protection
from the weather.
Kaporos practitioners stand around the Kaporos sites idly chatting while
holding the chickens painfully suspended by their fragile wings. They lie
that they give the slaughtered birds to “the poor” when in fact
they throw the chickens, who are often still alive and crying with bleeding
throats, into plastic trash bags to be hauled by city sanitation workers to
In 2010, United Poultry Concerns founded the Alliance to End Chickens as
Kaporos in New York City with a small group of dedicated animal rights
activists. Since then, our campaign has grown to include thousands of
supporters including organizations, rabbis, and people in general who are
sick of this merciless medieval ritual of “atonement.” Those
who care to practice “Kaporos” can swing a packet of money for
charity over their heads. Chickens are not required for Kaporos, nor, for
that matter, is Kaporos required by anyone.
As we go to press, the Alliance and affiliates are preparing our End
Chicken Kaporos activities in Brooklyn, New York during the week leading up
to October 8th, the Day of Atonement. In the next issue of Poultry Press we will report on our activities and those taking
place in Los Angeles and elsewhere this year, including the rescue of as
many chickens as possible.
Photo of slaughtered Kaporos chicken by Unparalleled Suffering Photography