Kapparot Using Money:
This ritual often involves buying a chicken whose meat (or sale value) will go to benefit the poor. Rabbis long ago said that the ritual can be done with money in the place of an animal with the money directly given to charity (tzedakah) as the custom intends.
What to Expect:
We recommend people use an amount of $18 per person. 18 is both symbolic of “life” and is a meaningful charitable donation. A person waves the money overhead, or above the head of your children and recites the customary verses of atonement, and there is no difference on how the prayers or ritual is performed other than the subsitution of “Chicken” for “Money”.
Directly using money removes the concern of the Torah prohibition of deliberately mistreating animals, or running the risk that the person performing the slaughtering will make errors out of haste and render the chicken unfit for eating. This eliminates the unintended consequence of having our expression of contrition and atonement becoming a “Mitzvah which comes from a Sin,” which is obviously frowned upon.
All tzedakah will be given to Jewish people in need.
Rabbi Yonah’s Article on Kaparot from The Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rabbi-yonah-bookstein/kaparot-wave-money-not-chickens_b_1912654.html
A Hassidic Farmer’s Heartfelt Plea for Mercy : A Video PSA http://www.endchickensaskaporos.com/a_heartfelt_plea.html