Ethical veganism should be protected by law as “philosophical belief” tribunal rules

An employment tribunal has ruled ethical veganism SHOULD be protected by law in the UK as it is a “philosophical belief”

The ruling comes following the sacking of Jordi Casamitjana who alleged his sacking was the result of his views on animal rights.

Casamitjana believes he was sacked by the League Against Cruel Sports after he raised an issue that the pension fund it had was investing in companies involved in animal testing.

The LACS says his sacking is from “gross misconduct” and said it was “factually wrong” to link his sacking to veganism.

Mr Casamitjana said:

"It was very important to win this ruling today because it's not just my case which is obviously important to me personally but, this case will influence the life of many vegans out there.
"There will definitely be a positive outcome beyond me, it will help the promotion of veganism as a lifestyle because vegans who might be afraid about talking about their belief, that might be feeling that they are not welcome, they will feel empowered now.
"They will believe that their belief is now a protected belief. That will give them power and that means they will be more expressive."

This hearing wasn’t regarding his dismissal but was about establishing ethical veganism as a belief protected under the Equality Act 2010.

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