“The Gorilla in the Room: The Right to Practice Animal Sacrifice Amidst Growing Animal Rights Activism”
Prof. Danielle Boaz (University of North Carolina)
My lecture will explore the role of animal sacrifice in African diaspora religions and how laws against this practice have been a common mechanism for restricting their religious freedom in the twenty-first century. It will place these limitations on African diaspora religious freedom in the context of a global movement to restrict the ritual slaughter of animals and will explore how such regulations often represent efforts to eradicate minority/minoritized religions. It will also discuss how devotees have responded to such attacks on their religious freedom, including changing their rituals and altering the narratives about the purpose of animal sacrifice to try to make their practices more palatable to outsiders.
Link for virtual attendance:: https://fau.zoom.us/j/63672581746