Chabad of Irvine, California, has been sued in federal court by animal rights activists over the annual Kapporos ritual performed at the center.
The lawsuit, which was filed in Los Angeles on Thursday, alleges illegal business practices in violation of the state’s unfair competition law. United Poultry Concerns, a nonprofit organization based in Machipongo, Virginia, is seeking a temporary restraining order before Yom Kippur next week.
A similar lawsuit was dismissed by a federal judge last year.
Jewish leaders maintain that the slaughter of the chickens is done in a humane fashion. They have described opposition to Kapporat as coming from extreme animal-rights groups attempting to trample on religious rights and expression.