08 March 2010

UK Equality Bill should protect vegans according to commission

At the behest of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the UK is considering new anti-discrimination measures for non-mainstream religions including vegans.

According to the Telegraph vegans are singled out within the draft code:

“A person who is a vegan chooses not to use or consume animal products of any kind. That person eschews the exploitation of animals for food, clothing, accessories or any other purpose and does so out of an ethical commitment to animal welfare.”

The new protections would be part of the proposed Equality Bill, the same legislation that Pope Benedict XVI criticized for potentially forcing the Roman Catholic Church to hire openly gay employees.

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