Title

Is Being a Vegan a Human Right? Advocates Claim Protection Under New Ontario Policy, but That Wasn’t the Point

Document Type

Media Mention

Publication Date

2-5-2016

Source Publication

National Post

Description

Does a hard-line vegan have the same right to dietary accommodation as an Orthodox Jew?

It’s a question the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal may soon tackle after an update to the provincial definition of “creed”. Animal-rights and vegan advocates are calling the new policy, released in December, an important recognition of their right to express their beliefs. The 179-page policy, the first update from the provincial human rights commission since 1996, offers guidelines for what defines “creed,” historically treated as religious beliefs and practices, in the more secular 21st century. That opens the door for vegans, atheists and other groups to claim similar protections under the law.