Vegan Rights in the UK : Promoting Animal Liberation Using Vegan Rights

The new book from Dr Jeanette Rowley and Barbara Bolton is now available to purchase as paperback or PDF. Limited paperback copies available.
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Vegan Rights in the UK:
Promoting Animal Liberation Using Vegan Rights

by Dr Jeanette Rowley and Barbara Bolton


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The legal protections afforded to vegans in the United Kingdom (UK), and in the European Union (EU), are not well known or understood. Vegans are people who hold the moral conviction that it is wrong to exploit and kill nonhuman animals unnecessarily. Vegans in the UK have the same protections as those who hold religious beliefs. In the same way that someone who holds a religious belief has the right to manifest that belief, by living in accordance with it, so too do vegans have the right to live according to their moral conviction. Just as it is unlawful to discriminate against or harass someone because of their religious beliefs, it is unlawful to discriminate against or harass vegans because of their convictions.

These protections are little known and rarely used, and the main purpose of this book is to disseminate the key information about our rights to other vegans living in the UK, so that they are aware of the rights they hold, how those rights apply in common situations, and what remedies are available to them in the event of breach. It is important that they have this information in order that they can more knowledgeably assert their rights on behalf of themselves, their children and, ultimately, on behalf of non-human animals whose rights we recognise by living vegan.

This book develops themes contained in the guide: ‘Vegan Rights: Questions and Answers,’ published in 2014 and expands upon the topics introduced there by looking in more detail at the content of specific rights, discussing relevant court decisions from Europe and the UK, and predicting how a court may apply vegan rights to particular situations.

Widespread change, to help bring about animal liberation, will require a significant element of self-help by those of us who are able to do so, and our aim is to assist vegans to advocate for change. With that objective, this is the first publication to provide example letters covering some of the most common situations encountered by vegans in the UK, to assist them in advocating for their rights with employers, schools, local authorities and service providers. Each letter and email will be worthwhile, increasing awareness of: (1) veganism and what it really means; that it is not a diet or a lifestyle, but rather a way of living in recognition of the rights of other animals; (2) the needs of vegans; to be able to avoid animal exploitation in all its forms, and (3) the legal requirements with respect to vegans. If we all advocate consistently for our rights, keeping our focus at all times on non-human animals, we can use vegan rights to promote veganism and respect for the rights of vegans at the same time.

bookIt is also our hope that this book will also be read by employers and relevant people within government entities and private service providers, in order that they understand what the law requires, ensure they are taking the protected vegan conviction into account and avoid rights breaches.

The authors have written this book in their own time, as part of their voluntary vegan advocacy work. We have no pecuniary interest in this project. We assert no copyright over this book, which may be reproduced and shared freely; we ask only that we are credited in the usual way when use is made of our work, whether in full or in part.

Vegan Rights Books in Europe

The following books on Vegan Rights from other network members are also available for purchase. Click on the images for more information and to purchase.

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