In a huge victory for the rights of those following a plant-based diet, the Human Rights Commission of Ontario has ruled that veganism is a human right that should be legally protected from discrimination under law similar to how religious beliefs are protected.
The definition of “creed” in Ontario’s Human Rights Code has been modified to include ethical veganism. This victory is due to the animal rights organization Animal Justice lobbying officials to legally protect those who are vegan from discrimination.
Under the new law, service providers such as schools, hospitals and employers may not discriminate against an individual or their requests for being vegan. This means that hospitals must now provide vegan meals upon request, and students cannot be forced to dissect animals
“[R]ecognizing veganism as a form of creed is an important precedent and a clear statement that vegans and their beliefs deserve respect”, says Animal Justice Executive Director Camille Labchuk.
Labchuk says he now plans to work at changing the law in other areas of Canada.