Source: The Orange County Register
By SEAN EMERY
A Superior Court judge has rejected a lawsuit aimed at halting the slaughter of chickens in Orange County during a Jewish holiday ritual, marking the second time in recent months that the Chabad of Irvine has headed off legal challenges to its annual Kapparot ceremony.
The lawsuit, filed by the San Diego-based Animal Protection and Rescue League, accuse Chabad of Irvine’s Kapparot ceremonies of violating state and local laws against animal cruelty, claiming that the synagogue’s killing of chickens breaks California’s unfair competition law.
For the case to proceed to trial, Orange County Superior Court Judge Martha K. Gooding would have had to determine that members of the synagogue paying Chabad of Irvine for the chickens, their slaughter and disposal constitutes a “business act.”
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