From the email — looks like an interesting program:
What: The New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Animal Law is presenting a free seminar called “Animal Sacrifice, Religion and Law – Practice of Using Chickens as Kaporos,” June 12, 2014.
The Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos has been working for a number of years to end Kaporos throughout the country. 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.
Who: Moderator: Elizabeth 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, Kaporos Alliance
Professor Gary Francione, Esq., Rutgers University School of Law
Richard H. Schwartz, Ph.D., President Emeritus of Jewish Vegetarians of North America
Rabbi Eliyahu Soiefer, Jewish Vegetarians of North America Rabbinic Council
When: Thursday, June 12, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: New York City Bar Association; 42 W 44th St., New York, NY 10036
Contact: Susan Tellem, firstname.lastname@example.org