The California Department of Food and Agriculture said Friday that it has ordered the shutdown of two Pico-Robertson operations that were participating in a traditional Orthodox Jewish ritual that involves the slaughtering of chickens.
“I told them what they’re doing is against state law,” said Rhett Dunn, a Food and Agriculture investigator. “They have to be properly registered.”
Bait Aaron, a Sephardic Orthodox outreach organization, and Ohel Moshe, a synagogue, were performing the ritual — known as kaparot — this week in the lead-up to Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement. Bait Aaron’s operation was in a makeshift tent behind a building it rents on Pico Boulevard. Ohel Moshe’s practitioners were operating out of a temporary plywood structure in the synagogue’s parking lot, also on Pico.