UK news article: 'Vegans Should Be Protected from Discrimination'
I thought this was interesting:
Vegans Should Be Protected from Discrimination, Says Equality Watchdog
'Rastafarians and members of ‘new religions’ such as Scientology are also covered by legislation under a code of practice drafted to coincide with the proposed Equality Bill.The guidance, prepared by the Equality and Human Rights Commission says religions need not be mainstream or well known for their adherents to gain protection.
“A belief need not include faith or worship of a god or gods, but must affect how a person lives their life or perceives the world,” it states.
However, the government distanced itself from the code of practice and said it never intended “views or opinions” such as veganism to be covered by equality law. It follows a landmark court ruling in November that climate change was a “philosophical belief” under the law.
A judge decided that Tim Nicholson, former head of sustainability at property firm Grainger plc, could sue his employer on the basis that he was unfairly dismissed for his environmental views. Miss Harman’s proposed Equality Bill would not change the law on religious beliefs, but the Commission is drafting the code at the same time in order to help employers interpret existing legislation...'
Do you guys think this kind of legislation is needed/ is a good idea? Has anyone out there felt discriminated against based on food ethics? Do you think other countries will follow suit, in looking at discrimination issues that embrace philosophies like veganism, environmentalism, etc? Hmmm... I just find it interesting 'food for thought.'
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