‘Religion’ may not be the right word, is it?
From the verdict:
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.”
This landmark decision exposes a wide range of questions as opposed to generating answers:
- Can a cashier refuse to handle meat being purchased by a customer?
- Will airports have to offer a wider range of vegan options?
- Will certain public services have to change their treatment of animal pests when cleaning and caring for public facilities?
What are your thoughts on ethical veganism? Please feel free to provide background information for more context and maybe even share some of your experience concerning other people’s reaction to your efforts to be a vegan.