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  • You want some dinner? Huh?

  • Hang on!

  • Okay honey. Okay. Here. Here you go.

  • It does sound strange.

  • I mean if you hear somebody say we rescued a chicken

  • If you say we rescued a pit bull, or if we rescued a cat

  • People will be like that's so wonderful. That's so great

  • But you say you rescued a chicken....from what?

  • Right?

  • Is there a chicken in there?

  • Do you worry about being a crazy chicken lady?

  • Ah...I just never thought that I would be a chicken person

  • I don't know, I have never connected with a chicken before

  • I never had the opportunity to.... before Penelope

  • They are flock animals

  • And we are her flock!

  • I mean she really does treat us like family

  • She's with us all the time

  • Those are big nails

  • Who's in there?

  • Super curious, very interested

  • Penelope, where's it going?

  • Where's it going?

  • Will you play video games with daddy?

  • Good job!

  • Her nickname is Penela-poop

  • Because she is a machine

  • This is Penelope's diaper

  • It goes up around her tail, nice and high

  • Okay... go for a walk

  • There you go, good girl.

  • We are convinced that sometimes she gives us like vengeance poops

  • -You know, if we are not giving her we're not giving her enough attention -Please stop talking about the poop, please..

  • She loves chin rubs

  • She has so much personality

  • And she is so loving

  • Do you burp?

  • Did she go blind or did she lose her eye?

  • She went blind, her eyes had sunken in

  • She's doing a pretty okay job though. All things considered, that she has been through

  • News in Brooklyn.

  • A group of residents there tried to stop the systemic, and bloody slaughter of chickens right in the streets

  • But they are facing a big obstacle

  • This is an annual religious ritual. Practice by Hasidic Jews.

  • In the days leading to Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement

  • cage chickens are brought by the hundreds to ultra-orthodox neighborhoods

  • for the performance of the Kaporos ritual

  • We take the chicken, and we say,

  • "God, I know we've done some things this past year

  • that maybe if you were being strict with me, you would maybe want to punish me

  • god forbid, but taking away my life.

  • I'm asking you, don't take me

  • let me live, be kind, be merciful.

  • Take the chicken, I'm gonna give you the chicken"

  • And I, three times, swayed gently over my head

  • "This is my repentance

  • This is my substitution

  • This is my exchange

  • May the chicken be slaughtered in a kosher way,

  • and then I go on to a good life of peace and health and happiness for the upcoming Jewish new year"

  • To serve the growing Orthodox community

  • the ceremony demands high efficiency

  • At the expense of animal welfare

  • The birds were packed into small crates

  • And are often left without food or water for days

  • See they're dead. See they are all dead.

  • I remember

  • my grandfather, who was ultra-orthodox, talking about it

  • And ridiculing at himself.

  • He thought it was ridiculous

  • But when he spoke about it, I thought he meant that it was done in the middle ages, and it stayed there

  • I didn't realize it was still going on in this day and age

  • You've got hundreds of people lining up to do this

  • And it becomes, like an assembly line type of situation

  • and people are running, and here and there

  • And things aren't being done so carefully

  • and the chickens aren't being treated properly

  • This was Penelope's fate

  • But in October 2014

  • Venessa was walking to the grocery store

  • when she saw the signs with chickens on them

  • So I turned the corner

  • and I go down this random street

  • There were crates filled with chickens

  • And there were teenage boys that were standing on top of them

  • We called through 311

  • we called ESPCA

  • we called 911

  • you talked to police officers directly

  • and you know...oh...okay, we'll look into it...we'll look into it

  • Not only is it cruel that they died

  • But it's a public health issue

  • You could smell this all the way down the street

  • Practitioners claim the flesh of the dead birds is donated to needy

  • In my over twenty years of monitoring this

  • I know for a fact that's not true

  • Many, if not most of the birds' bodies, are thrown directly into trash bags

  • often still alive.

  • It just kept getting more and more shocking to us

  • I just kept like I gotta do something. I have to do something

  • If I can get just one chicken out, it would be worth it

  • And we tried to just buy one

  • And we did just try to get in line

  • and purchase one and bring it home

  • And we weren't allowed to do that

  • because I was clearly not a member of the community

  • I decided that I was going to go in disguise

  • and pretend to participate in the practice

  • I arrived at the site,

  • I paid my 20 dollars, at the registration

  • And then I had to come and stand in line

  • A guy brings me out this chicken

  • They pulled her wings back behind her

  • Because that's the way that they don't struggle

  • So I kept trying to hold her like...in a different way

  • and they're just all like looking at me

  • but I was just like....well...I'm playing a part

  • I'm sorry chicken ...you know...I just have to ...hold you like this

  • I stood in line and I'm standing here

  • And people are swinging them

  • And I took her, and I just walked away

  • and I kept walking ...I kept walking with her

  • and said no one's following me

  • You know, I'm just going to keep following ....just keep going

  • Okay...I called Steve at work and said

  • "Steve...I got one! I got one...Oh my god!"

  • Very good, it's okay...

  • Stay with me... stay with me... stay with me beautiful

  • She was unbelievably sick when we got her

  • Hi, you're back!

  • Is that all you need is some water?

  • We were holding on to hope that she would just make it through the first night

  • When I brought her in

  • they kinda looked at me like I was crazy

  • This chicken is suffering

  • And I didn't want for her to suffer

  • But I just had a feeling that it wasn't the end for her

  • They said that it looked like somebody had either stepped on her head

  • Or a crate fell on her

  • something had crushed her face

  • She was there for a solid month

  • We were set to bring her to this sanctuary

  • and this is when they had told me

  • "Well...something was going on with Penelope

  • We don't know what's happening, but she's not standing up anymore"

  • She actually seemed to be getting worse

  • She lost total feeling for both of her feet

  • It was like watching her rot

  • We had to do the compassionate thing,

  • we couldn't just let her suffer and suffer

  • Part of our thinking was that if she does have to die

  • let her die with people who love her

  • A lot of these sites would "just oh, just cull them"

  • Which is to kill them

  • When they get to this point..."oh... they end up in the freezer"

  • And I said okay, what are some natural cures for Merek's...

  • Because the vets don't have a cure for it

  • And sure enough

  • there were all of these other chickens that have recovered from Marek's disease

  • yeh....that's a purr

  • She's been trying to use her legs a lot more today

  • so we hope that she is on the mend

  • I had to go out of town for a wedding

  • It was interesting being home alone with Penelope

  • I have ...ah ...absolutely no background in taking care of a chicken

  • I had a Parakeet when I was a kid, and it didn't last long

  • So I did...my string of luck with keeping birds alive wasn't good

  • It was college football season,

  • so she would sit next to me on the couch, in her box

  • and I would give her the play by play

  • But I think it wasn't very fair that she couldn't see the TV

  • So I tried to think of a way that I could elevate her out

  • And I had found out that people had made these therapy swings for their chickens

  • Out of like... a big container box....and a towel

  • I stuck her in there

  • and she started to push with her feet

  • And she started to use her feet again

  • Steve was calling me and he said

  • "Venessa...she's trying to stand up

  • She's trying to stand up right now...

  • I think she's gonna ...she's gonna walk"

  • Okay....almost there... okay

  • If she could only do spurts

  • she would walk a few steps and then she would sit down, walk a few steps and sit down

  • But I mean it was obvious that something miraculous had happened in this little bird's body

  • and she just kept getting better

  • Come one, let's go! Come on Penelope,

  • come one!

  • careful

  • Where's Penelope? Hi Penelope!

  • And at this point we knew she was gonna make it

  • that she was gonna survive

  • And now all of a sudden it was like.... well now what?

  • Here you go!

  • She's gotten so beautiful

  • She's grown honey, she's great

  • The way in which Kaporos's done these days is.... pretty bad

  • It is intrinsically violating our very own tenets of our religion

  • of cruelty to animals... absolutely

  • There's a better way to do this

  • But change doesn't come easily

  • Especially for strict orthodox, Jewish people in insular community

  • and we have a lot of historical anxiety and stresses upon us

  • and our relationship with the non-Jewish surrounding community

  • So we have to work together peacefully

  • to the common goal and to the common good

You want some dinner? Huh?

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Penelope: A Rescue Story

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