Animal Rights & Animal Welfare: Prospects and Challenges

Prof. Paul Waldau speaks on the panel, “Animal Rights & Animal Welfare: Prospects and Challenges,” as part of the Fifth Annual Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Conference at Harvard University, held on April 5-6, 2013. The theme of the conference is “Communities Like You: Animals and Islam.” To learn more, visit:

Paul Waldau is an educator and scholar working at the intersection of animal studies, law, ethics, religion, and cultural studies. He is an Associate Professor at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, where he is the Senior Faculty for the Master of Science graduate program in Anthrozoology. Paul will again serve as the Barker Visiting Associate Professor on Animal Law at Harvard Law School in 2014, where he has taught the “Animal Law” course since 2002. The former Director of the Center for Animals and Public Policy at Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Paul taught veterinary ethics and public policy courses for more than a decade. He has a Doctor of Philosophy degree from University of Oxford, a Juris Doctor degree from UCLA Law School, and a Master of Arts degree from Stanford University in Religious Studies. Paul has completed five books, the most recent of which are Animal Studies—An Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2013) and Animal Rights (Oxford University Press, 2011). He is also co-editor of A Communion of Subjects: Animals in Religion, Science, and Ethics (Columbia University Press, 2006).

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