December 31, 2019
Veganism could be considered a religion, but it could also be considered a mental illness, and that would be a much more accurate description of it.
An activist who refuses to sit on leather sofas or use buses in case they hit insects is embarking on a landmark battle to have ethical veganism recognised as a religion.
Jordi Casamitjana doesn’t date people who aren’t vegans and won’t allow any animal products into his home.
That is way, way more hardcore than Greta Thunberg’s “I only travel by yacht or Tesla car.”
Does he also avoid walking in case he squashes ants or other little insects?
Ant lives matter.
Why doesn’t he just go ahead and kill himself before he accidentally steps on an ant?
Also, what about bacteria and other small living creatures that can’t be seen with the naked eye? Are they okay to kill because they don’t have a central nervous system, like plants?
Vegans arbitrarily discriminate based on the capacity to feel pain, yet they are against speciesism, which is discrimination based on species.
All living creatures want to live.
The zoologist and animal rights activist is now fighting a legal battle to get ethical veganism added to a list of beliefs protected under the Equality Act 2010.
Mr Casamitjana’s legal battle began last year after he was sacked from his job with the League Against Cruel Sports after disclosing to other employees that its pension funds invested in firms involved in animal testing.
He claims he was sacked as a result of his ethical vegan beliefs.
The organisation has rejected his claims, previously saying that he was dismissed for gross misconduct.
Vegans are known for their gross misconduct, so chances are that he really did commit gross misconduct himself.
The allegations will be dealt with separately in another employment tribunal hearing later next year.
The campaigner is originally from Catalonia, but has lived in the UK for 26 years.
The Equality Act protects people against workplace discrimination based on characteristics including age, disability and religion.
It also protect ‘philosophical beliefs’ which are ‘cogent, serious and apply to an important aspect of human life’ without impacting other people’s rights – but veganism has not been tested under the law in its current form.
According to the Mirror, his lawyers will compare veganism to religious evangelism as one of its key arguments at the employment tribunal pre-hearing on January 2.
They will reportedly highlight the movement’s tendency to try to convert others to the lifestyle and present Jordi’s receipts for vegan shoes and aftershave to prove it is more than just a diet.
We may be looking at a possible future where vegans randomly knock on people’s doors and start talking about veganism.
“It says it right here: animals are friends, not food.”
Kids may even start doing school strikes for the animals.
They’re already skipping school to protest climate change, so they might as well start skipping school to protest the Animal Holocaust too.
Solicitor Peter Daly, who is acting for Mr Casamitjana, said ethical veganism ‘comfortably’ met the tests to be considered a protected belief.
He said: ‘Ethical veganism is more than simply a dietary choice.
‘It is a particular and well-defined philosophical view about the relationship between humans and animals. It is based on well-considered and substantial philosophical thinking.’
According to polls quoted by the Vegan Society, the number of vegans in Britain has quadrupled since 2014, increasing from 150,000 to 600,000.
Yeah, but wait until they start doing the door-to-door veganization thing and the vegan school strikes — the numbers will skyrocket.
If this vegan thing keeps going unchallenged, Baphomet will be very pleased.
Men will look more like women and women more like men.
Androgyny will take over and everyone will be a walking tribute to Baphomet.