[Jerusalem, September 24. Image via Getty]

An Israeli animal rights activist attends a protest against the abuse and slaughter of chickens for the Jewish traditional costume of Kaparot on September 24, 2009. During the Kaparot ritual one swings a chicken over his head in a symbolic act to transfer the sins of the past year to the chicken, and is performed before the Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur, the most important day in the Jewish calendar, which this year falls on September 28. AFP PHOTO/GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)