You might have thought that Veganism was more than a diet choice with the religious zealotry most hold to their carrot-nibbling practices. A tribunal in the United Kingdom agrees, and has ruled that “ethical veganism” deserves protections reserved for religious groups because it is a “philosophical system under existing anti-discrimination laws.”
Now, you bigots can’t discriminate against Vegans just because they happen to be the most annoying people on the planet.
A British man, Jordi Casamitjana, says he was fired by the League Against Cruel Sports because of his veganism. According to the man, he was fired because he questioned how his 401k funds were being invested in companies that weren’t animal-friendly. Oddly enough, the League Against Cruel Sports is an anti-hunting organization, but Casamitjana says it wasn’t practicing what it preached.
According to the BBC, the judge ruled on the matter to declare that Vegans should have all the rights of a religious or philosophy-based group.
The judge Robin Postle ruled that ethical veganism qualifies as a philosophical belief under the Equality Act 2010 by satisfying several tests – including that it is worthy of respect in a democratic society, not incompatible with human dignity and not conflicting with the fundamental rights of others.
At the tribunal in Norwich on Friday, the judge said in his ruling that ethical veganism was “important” and “worthy” of respect in a democratic society.
He said: “I am satisfied overwhelmingly that ethical veganism does constitute a philosophical belief.”
As CNN reported, this means that Veganism will be treated equally with other world religions.
[Editor’s Note: HT these folks]
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