The Equality and Human Rights Commission in the United Kingdom, has drafted legislation to protect vegans from discrimination. Rastafarians, Scientologists, and atheists would also receive 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.
Makes sense. You shouldn’t get fired for being vegan. How hard is it, really, to provide a vegan option at a business luncheon? If you have Jewish employees, do you schedule the weekly sales meeting at “Porky’s Rib House?” When you order the pizza for an overtime push to meet the deadline, do you think ordering a “plain cheese pizza” is good enough, because it has “no meat on it?” Many employers and employees see nothing wrong with only satisfying the majority, and outright ridiculing the minority- “Why should I make special concessions for her?” or ” We shouldn’t have to eat some place else just because he’s vegan.”
Now, I’m not saying that businesses should be required to provide vegan options. I’m just bitching about those who are ignorant and selfish and don’t. Besides, why would any self respecting vegan want to work at a place that doesn’t respect them back? But laws that protect people from discrimination based on their beliefs, should extend to all beliefs- not just those that were born thousands of years ago.
Strange how rights are doled out so slowly over time. Maybe someday there will be some left over for the other animals in this world.