In other events, one protester was arrested while standing in front of the slaughter table holding a sign. He had refused to leave when police asked him to, and so he was taken away.
Practitioners physically accosted one man who had purchased a chicken (Wayne, pictured above) to save his life — in this case, the police officers sided with the protesters. We have hopes that they, too, are all but sick to death of witnessing this blood bath year after year after year.
A van with photographic images and slogans roamed Brooklyn’s neighborhoods and was also quite successful at stirring things up in a productive fashion, as were the flyers which were hung all over the place. The van itself provoked two incidents of violence and intimidation on the part of practitioners of these rituals, both of which had to be ended by police intervention as well.
While we are rejoicing in the liberation of these birds, we are grief-stricken that they represent a drop in the bucket in terms of how many are tortured and killed every year, every day, every minute, in rituals, slaughterhouses, backyards, and elsewhere. We must also remember that Kaporos is but one example of the legalized animal sacrifice that takes place all of the time in this country, justified on the basis of religion. Whether or not it happens in the open does not change the fact that it is happening, and must be stopped. Ultimately, the legality of animal sacrifice, period, must be overturned.
We — those of us who are committed to fighting this obscenity with all tactics that make sense — will continue to fight this fight. If you are reading this and haven’t yet joined us, please do. Or else struggle on your own if that is more your style. Either way, this fight is on-going, not just once a year, and the animals need your active help.