Animal rights activists hurt in chicken-swinging brawl
A group of Israeli animal rights activists were injured when they gathered in Hadera, about 28 miles from Haifa, to protest a bizarre pre-Yom Kippur ritual involving the swinging of chickens.
Video posted here shows pro-chicken-swingers pelting the protesters with a rocks and other objects, including an office chair and a fire extinguisher.
According to this report, six of the activists, five women and one man, were injured in a protest last Thursday that escalated into a brawl.
Police did not intervene during the demonstration which was conducted with permission.
Some residents targeted the protesters from the balconies of their homes.
The residents were partaking in the ancient practice of kapparot, in which swinging the chicken around one’s head supposedly purges a Jew of sins.
Some believe the ritual is cruel and in the US the ritual has been challenged in court.
The meat of dizzy chickens is donated to charity following the rite, which some Jews perform using money in place of a chicken.
• The photo used to illustrate this report shows an Haredi Orthodox Jew participating in the kapparot ritual in Ashdod, Israel. Photo: Dima Vazinovich/Flash90.