LOS ANGELES—State regulators have cited two Orthodox Jewish groups in Los Angeles for breaking the law by slaughtering chickens as part of an ancient atonement ritual.
The Los Angeles Times says violation notices were issued on Friday to the Ohel Moshe synagogue and the outreach organization Bait Aaron.
Steve Lyle of the state Department of Food and Agriculture says they were operating as unlicensed slaughterhouses.
The decision came after animal rights activists protested the practice of slaughtering chickens in the days before Friday's Jewish day of atonement, Yom Kippur. The practice involves believers symbolically transferring their sins to a chicken, which is killed and the meat distributed to the poor.
A spokesman for Bait Aaron says his group will continue the tradition.