Veganism could be protected like religion in ‘landmark’ case

December 03, 2018 - 12:42 pm

LONDON (1010 WINS) – Is ethical veganism a “philosophical belief” that should be given the same protections that religions are?

A tribunal in Britain will decide just that after a man claims he was fired for being an ethical vegan, the BBC reported.

The case centers on the Jordi Casamitjana and the League Against Cruel Sports.

Casamitjana was reportedly fired after he told fellow employees the League Against Cruel Sports invested pension funds in firms involved in animal testing.

The organization denies Casamitjana was fired for being a vegan and says he was let go for “gross misconduct.”

In a hearing in March, an employment tribunal will decide if veganism is a “philosophical belief” protected by law in the same way religions are.

If the tribunal sides in favor of Casamitjana, the case will proceed to a full trial and could lead to what vegans hope will be a “landmark” ruling.  

"This could be a landmark ruling that will not only recognize the validity and importance of veganism but also confirm that the needs of vegans in their employment and their everyday lives must be taken seriously,” Louise Davies, of the Vegan Society, told the BBC.

Casamitjana told the BBC he’s been discriminated against many times for being a vegan and that “it is important that the law protects vegans.”