Court Rules That Ethical Veganism Is A Protected Philosophical Belief
A UK court has ruled in a landmark case that ethical veganism is a philosophical belief, and is therefore protected by law.
The case began when vegan Jordi Casamitjana claimed he lost his job at The League Against Cruel Sports due to his strong ethical convictions.
Casamitjana alleges that he was fired after expressing concern that the organization was investing pension funds in companies involved in animal testing.
The judge ruling in the case has determined that ethical veganism should be included under the Equality Act 2010 — legislation that serves to combat discrimination in the UK.
“I’m really, really satisfied” said Casamitjan of the ruling.
“Definitely, veganism is a philosophical belief and when you look at my life and anybody else’s life who is an ethical vegan, you will see it.”
The League Against Cruel Sports has claimed that Casamitjana was fired for gross misconduct, and not for his objection to pension fund investments.
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What Is Ethical Veganism?
Ethical vegans interpret veganism as a lifestyle, as opposed to a diet. This means that as well as avoiding eating animal products, they will aim to exclude all forms of animal exploitation.
Speaking on the case, the ruling judge Robin Postle called the vegan lifestyle “important” and stated that it is a belief that is “worthy” of respect.
“I am satisfied overwhelmingly that ethical veganism does constitute a philosophical belief” announced Postle.
The UK could now become the first country to write legal protections for vegans into law.
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