News

Ethical Veganism Now Legally Recognized in Ontario, Canada

The Human Rights Commission of Ontario deems veganism an ideology with similar discrimination protection rights as other belief systems.

Last month, the definition of “creed” in Ontario, Canada’s Human Rights Code was modified to include non-religious beliefs such as ethical veganism. In 2011, Canadian animal-law organization Animal Justice began its efforts to include veganism under the same protections as religious belief systems. Executive Director of Animal Justice Camille Labchuk successfully petitioned the Ontario Human Rights Commission to include secular belief systems and ideologies in the definition of “creed.” Under this definition, service providers such as hospitals, schools, and employers may not discriminate against requests based on vegan ideals. Also, schools cannot obligate students to dissect animals, hospitals must provide vegan meals upon request, and employers cannot discriminate against workers who choose not to wear animal-product based uniforms. Labchuk—who plans to undertake changing legislation in other districts in Canada—believes that “recognizing veganism as a form of creed is an important precedent and a clear statement that vegans and their beliefs deserve respect.” The validity of this update will be tested by the first ruling to come in front of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, which as of now has expressed positive feedback about expanding the definition of creed to include "political perspective ... made up of a recognizable cohesive belief system or structure."

More News

Animal Agriculture Makes Planet "Infect-able"

Experts identify intensive animal production as leading cause for antibiotic resistant "superbugs" in humans.
Read More »

Obama Finalizes Animal Welfare Reform Law

As one of his last actions in office, president Obama outlaws tail docking, mulesing, and transportation of sick animals, amongst other cruel practices in the "organic" industry.
Read More »

Coffee-Mate Launches Vegan Creamer

Multinational corporation Nestlé is swapping dairy for almond and coconut milk to capture the growing demand for cruelty-free creamer.
Read More »

Vegan Chorizo Wins "Favorite Meat" at Trader Joe's

Customers choose the spicy plant-based product as the best amongst all meat sold at the popular supermarket chain.
Read More »

Baileys Almande is Now Vegan

Vegan-certified Irish cream is set to hit store shelves by March.
Read More »

This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

More Videos »