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Animal Sacrifice, Religion and the Law -- The Practice of Using Chickens as Kaporos

Thursday, June 12, 2014; 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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In NYC, thousands of chickens are sacrificed by some observers of the Orthodox Jewish faith in a ritual called kaporos. Experts on constitutional law, theology, and animal rights will discuss the reasons for the ritual, the Jewish principle of preventing tza'ar ba'alei chayim (unnecessary suffering of animals), Church of Lukumi Babalu Aye v. City of Hialeah, and local health laws.

Moderator: Elisabeth Stein, Esq., Member, Committee on Animal Law

Speakers: Lori Barrett, Esq., Secretary, Committee on Animal Law; Karen Davis, Ph.D., President of United Poultry Concerns; Gary Francione, Esq., Professor, Rutgers University School of Law; Richard H. Schwartz, Ph.D., President Emeritus of Jewish Vegetarians of North America; Rabbi Eliyahu Soiefer, Rabbinic Council, Jewish Vegetarians of North America

Sponsored by: Committee on Animal Law, Christine Mott, Chair


42 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036


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