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ET to decide whether veganism is a philosophical belief

Makbool Javaid

An ET is to be asked to decide whether veganism is a “philosophical belief” under S.10 of the Equality Act 2010 in a claim being brought by an ex-employee of the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS). The BBC report that Jordi Casamitjana says he was sacked by the LACS after disclosing it invested pension funds in firms involved in animal testing. Casamitjana says he is an “ethical” vegan as he cares about animals, the environment, and his health, so veganism is a belief affecting every single aspect of his life. The LACS say he was dismissed for gross misconduct, not because of veganism. Note that in CW v The UK, the EU Commission of Human Rights found that veganism falls within Article 9 of the Convention of Human Rights, the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, and this finding relating to human rights is reflected in the EHRC’s guide to the law on religion and belief.

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