Veganism ‘like religion’ rules British judge in landmark case

Veganism will get some of the same protections as religious beliefs in the UK after a landmark ruling.

An employment tribunal judge sitting in Norwich ruled that ethical veganism is a philosophical belief and so is protected by law.

Jordi Casamitjana, 55, said he was sacked from his job at the League Against Cruel Sports after complaining that its pension fund was being invested into companies involved in animal testing.

He claims he was unfairly disciplined, and that the decision to sack him was because of his philosophical belief in ethical veganism.

At his tribunal on Friday, judge Robin Postle said in a short summary judgement that ethical veganism should be classed as a philosophical belief.

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This means it is protected under the Equality Act 2010.

He also ruled that Jordi adheres to ethical veganism.

For a belief to be protected under the 2010 Act, it must meet a series of tests including being worthy of respect in a democratic society, not being incompatible with human dignity, and not conflicting with others' fundamental rights.

This historic ruling means ethical vegans are entitled to protection from discrimination.

Ethical vegans try to exclude all forms of animal exploitation including not wearing any clothing made from animal products, and not using anything tested on animals.

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