The Tzohar Rabbonim organization has come out against performing the minhag of kaporos on erev Yom Kippur. The organization explains the minhag today leads to unnecessary and unacceptable suffering for the chickens before and during shechita.
Rabbi David Stav explains the minhag dates back quite some time and those who perform kaporos have a source for their minhag. He feels that even with this being the case, today it is preferable to do kaporos with money, not with a chicken since the realities that exist lead to unacceptable suffering to the chickens as well as concerns regarding the integrity of the shechita under far less than optimal conditions.
Kaporos has come under increased criticism in Israel over recent years by animal rights activists as well as by rabbonim, with the latter concerned over the quality of shechita of the chickens.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)