Every year, 60,000 young birds are shipped in stacked, crowded crates that they are forced to live in, in the streets of Brooklyn for a religious ritual called Kaporos. For days, six-week-old chickens are denied food and water and are left outside in these crates, exposed to extreme heat, cold, wind, and rain. As if this weren’t bad enough, they then are grabbed from their crates and slaughtered in the streets. Those who survive have smashed toes, open sores, broken bones, and were weak and dehydrated. Spike is one of the chickens that survived and was rescued. He’s now living at Luvin Arms with five other chickens rescued from this ritual.