Animals, Law and Religion Project

In parallel with the development of the Animal Law & Policy Program, Professor Stilt is directing the recently established “Animals, Law and Religion (ALR) Project” through the Harvard Islamic Legal Studies Program. This inter-disciplinary and comparative project will work at the intersection of religious laws and practices and animal welfare and rights. The project focuses on both the academic study of how religious laws and practices deal with animals and on the practical implications of such laws and practices in communities around the world.

In October, Natalie Prosin joined ILSP as the Project Manager of the Animals, Law and Religion Project. Prior to this position, Prosin served as the Executive Director of the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP). While at the NhRP, Natalie oversaw the organization’s growth and strategic direction, as well as its public outreach. In that capacity, she has appeared in the Global Journal of Animal Law, New York Times, Washington Post, Science Magazine, and Rolling Stone, among other publications. As a law student, Natalie founded Boston College’s first SALDF Chapter and successfully petitioned the school to offer an animal law course during her time at the college. Not satisfied with that, she also initiated a student campaign that led to Boston College switching to serving only cage-free shelled eggs in all cafeterias and catering services. Prosin graduated summa cum laude from Northeastern University. She holds a Masters in Public Policy from Brown University and a J.D. from Boston College Law School.

While ALR includes significant attention to Islam and Islamic law, as a comparative project its interests span all religions. ALR will be sponsoring workshops and conferences featuring emerging and established scholars. It also seeks to place these scholars in dialogue with religious leaders and activists who work to promote the interests of animals in religious communities. ALR aims to create an environment in which theoretical perspectives and practical experiences can work together, and can learn from each other, towards the greater goal of advancing the interests of animals.