Vegan Discrimination?

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Vegan Discrimination?

By |March 9th, 2010|

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.


About the Author:

Charleen Angle is a lover of all the Earth's animals an all the Earth's music. Trained in the Fine Arts, she's an outspoken and compassionate 13 year vegan who will spend the rest of her life working on behalf of animals everywhere.


  1. xJenx March 9, 2010 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    Great article and thank you! :) I find it really annoying when people tell me (even when they know I’m vegan) to eat that ice-cream or to have that salad with cheese (& tuna?!) because it’s “only a little bit” or that I’m “being fussy”. I don’t think they understand just how much veganism means to me, just how another belief may mean to another.
    It’s time to stop the discrimination, I know people tend to think I’m stuck up or that I think I’m “high-class” just because I’m a vegan. That’s not true at all, and everyone is different. I hope in the future people will be more accepting.

  2. Strubelmayer March 9, 2010 at 10:49 am - Reply

    This makes me think of the issue I sometimes have with people’s acceptance of vegans. If I tell someone I am allergic to milk they will go out of their way to make sure I don’t get any. It’s very different when a person states that they choose not to drink milk. The same care to make sure the meal is dairy free goes right out the window.

    It’s no wonder that some vegans get annoyed. When we are invited to a meal and then there’s nothing there for us to eat. Surely just once we can make an exception. The same would never be asked of a person with an allergy.

    It’s not a phase we’ll grow out of or some half baked idea we had in the shower. Our choices should be taken into consideration just as other choices people make are.

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