Jews: no longer scapegoats, but goat-escape heroes.
An animal-rights group sued a California Police Department for not enforcing animal cruelty laws by halting a pre-Yom Kippur ritual.
A widely supported bill in the Belgian region will ban versions of traditional Jewish and Muslim ritual slaughter. These attacks on Halal and Kosher meat are unfortunately not isolated and are occurring with more frequency around the world. Denmark, New Zealand, Switzerland and other European countries and jurisdictions prohibit traditional slaughter with laws requiring that animals be stunned before they are killed.
As Jews, our faith teaches us that having mercy and empathy for animals, and recognizing that they are also able to suffer and feel pain, fear and despair, is a gift from God. Tsa’ar ba’alei chayim is the gift of compassion and enlightenment and of treating animals, with whom we share this world, with dignity and kindness. And while this gift can sometimes feel like a curse when we learn about the suffering that we humans inflict upon animals, it is a true joy when we practice this blessing properly.
An ‘ethical eater,’ the writer set out to cook the ultimate sustainable shakshuka dinner for her family.
Jewish animal rights activists wearing funeral clothes and holding Hebrew signs infiltrated a Purim party at a Berkeley Jewish farm to protest their killing of chickens.
The adorable Virgil and his human Congressman Ted Deutch took to Twitter today to announce a new bill preventing cruelty to animals.
The practices exposed in the video represent the opposite of humane slaughter. As a shochet who is proud of the long-standing tradition of shechita that I’ve inherited, I am deeply saddened by the disturbing images in the newly uncovered videos.
Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, makeshift chicken coops appear on the streets and sidewalks of Hasidic Brooklyn neighborhoods like Borough Park and Williamsburg, dedicated to the ritual sacrifice of chickens for atonement in a centuries old practice known as kapparot, or kaporos. After campaigning against the practice for years, the Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos has redoubled its efforts against the ritual in a quarter page open letter to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, printed as an ad in the New York Times on Tuesday.
(JTA) — A Los Angeles federal court judge ordered a preliminary injunction against performing kapparot, an Jewish pre-Yom Kippur ritual in which a chicken is swung by its legs and then slaughtered. U.S. District Judge Andre Birrote Jr. granted the injunction Friday in response to a lawsuit filed late last month on behalf of the Virginia-based United Poultry…