Attorney for the Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos Files New Motion in Kaporos Case

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Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos members stand in front of the NY Court of Appeals in Albany, NY, Oct. 17, 2018.

NEW YORK CITY — Nora Constance Marino, the attorney for the Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos, has filed a new motion in the Kaporos case. Kaporos is an Orthodox Jewish ritual that involves slitting the throats of tens of thousands of live chickens in the streets of New York City. Our attorney argues that the novel coronavirus pandemic presents new evidence that the event poses significant health threats that can’t be ignored.

In a Spectrum News article, Marino said, “This is a real danger now that needs to be recognized. It’s not about what could happen, it’s about what has happened.”

Marino filed earlier this month a motion to renew her case — struck down in 2018 by the New York Court of Appeals — and compel the NYPD to enforce Health Department codes she says are routinely broken during the pre-Yom Kippur atonement ritual.


In early July, 2020, attorney Nora Constance Marino announced that “In light of the Covid-19 virus, and the consensus that it arose from a zoonotic cause, many people have been questioning how the city can possibly allow Kaporos to take place this year. On that premise, I have moved to ‘renew’ my prior motion from 2015, and have asked the lower court to reconsider its decision of 2015, in light of ‘new evidence’ — the new evidence being the emergence and occurrence of Covid-19. I also had air samples taken from various Kaporos locations in 2019, which indicated dangerous pathogens in the air, and included that as ‘new evidence’ as well. There are additional items of new evidence, also included in my arguments.”

We will keep you updated on this exciting Motion and related activities this fall by the Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos and our allies. For unfolding news, visit the Alliance website at

The Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos is a project of United Poultry Concerns. Formed in New York City in June 2010, the Alliance is an association of groups and individuals who seek to replace the use of chickens in Kaporos ceremonies with money or other non-animal symbols of atonement. The Alliance does not oppose Kaporos per se, only the cruel and unnecessary use of chickens in the ceremony.