Validating Veganism in Resistant Legal Systems – Part 3
by Dr Jeanette Rowley
For Levinas, to be human is to respond ethically to others in close proximity and, infinitely, to express due regard for those we have not and will never meet. His theory of ethics explains that we are ethical, not because we are able to think ethical thoughts, but because we, first of all, apprehend the authentic expression of others. Before we think, we encounter another who we recognise as being subject to the forces of mortality. We recognise universal, precarious, vulnerability and feel compassion for the other, whose world we have entered, and become ethical because the other disrupts and suspends our autonomous will with a question… more


Validating Veganism in Resistant Legal Systems – Part 2
by Dr Jeanette Rowley
Key consideration 4 of the Ontario Human Rights Code requires applicants to show how their belief ‘addresses ultimate questions of human existence, including ideas about life, purpose, death, and the existence or non-existence of a Creator and/or a higher or different order of existence’. This means that vegan applicants must explain their convictions in coherent and persuasive, broad philosophical terms….read more


Validating Veganism in Resistant Legal Systems – Part 1
by Dr Jeanette Rowley
An important principle of human rights is that under the right to freedom of conscience, holders of non-religious and religious beliefs are to be given equal protection. The reason for equality of protection is that both types of beliefs concern sincerely held deep convictions. It is not uncommon, however, to find that human rights and equality law systems implement a hierarchy of protection, whereby religious beliefs are given priority…read more

Why vegans in the UK should support the Vegan Society’s ‘Catering for Everyone’ campaign
by Dr Jeanette Rowley
The Vegan Society works in many ways to support and improve provisions for vegans in various situations. Recently, it has launched a campaign to encourage vegan food provisions from various public authorities. The aim of the campaign is to ‘see every vegan receiving a good meal in public sector catering in the UK, and good vegan-friendly meals…read more

Why Vegan Rights? Are we once again making it all about “us”?
by Barbara Bolton
This is a question that is raised quite regularly in response to discussion of vegan rights. As vegan advocates, and thereby animal rights advocates, shouldn’t we be focusing on the rights of other, non-human, animals, rather than putting the focus once again onto us humans; after all, speciesism…read more

Vegan rights and equality: why vegan associations around the world should give vegans a voice
by Dr Jeanette Rowley
The recent Go Vegan Scotland survey shows how entrenched speciesist prejudice manifests itself in discrimination and marginalisation of the vegan community. Though rights and equality measures are in place to protect our right to practice our most sincere ethical convictions and encourage legal equality…read more

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It’s Time to Standardise and Simplify Vegan Labelling: Our Right to Know if Animals Were Exploited and/or Killed to Produce a Product
by Barbara Bolton
Vegans are good at accumulating and sharing knowledge about products that are suitable for us, both those labelled “vegan” and those we refer to as “accidentally vegan.” If you’re a new vegan and join a vegan group on Facebook you will quickly learn about the wide range of packaged foods that are suitable…read more

Clearing up the confusion: whose veganism counts in UK law?
by Dr Jeanette Rowley
I have been involved in a few discussions recently about whose veganism would have the support of UK law. The discussions have been with vegans who have to no choice but take prescribed medications, and a few have been about the different emphasis individual vegans give to ‘subjective integral components’ that can be argued, on the basis of developing social and scientific literature…read more

Source: Derby City Council

The relationship between the alienation of vegans and equality law: What hotel practices, Jeremy Vine and Gordon Ramsey have in common
by Dr Jeanette Rowley
Last weekend, an experience I had in a hotel caused me to reflect on the relationship of social practices to the principles and ethos behind the development of the UK Equality Act 2010. Staff, at the hotel I stayed at, had put an open top jug of cow’s milk, unnecessarily, on every table in the large breakfast room…read more

Melbourne’s Yarra Trams: Anti-speciesist advertising and the right to freedom of expression
by Dr Jeanette Rowley
Yarra Trams in Melbourne have cancelled a campaign to promote animal equality planned by Colorado-based activists ‘Be Fair Be Vegan’. Yarra argued that its advertising cannot show images that depict violence against animals, demean them or feature wording that promotes or implies violence against them. …read more

Freedom of speech and media silence on the request for an apology following offensive comments about vegans
by Dr Jeanette Rowley
In the news this week, Veganuary organisers report on their website that Channel 4 posted a message on Instagram in which it referred to the 165,000 people taking part in Veganuary as ‘asswipes’. Following the offensive post, vegans responded…read more

Animal farming in schools and the right to education according to ethical convictions
by Dr Jeanette Rowley
This week, it was reported in the news that vegans were outraged that pigs, raised on school property and used to teach young pupils about animal farming, were to be sent away to eventually be killed. From the news reports, it appears that the ‘minority’ views of objecting vegan parents were regarded to be insignificant. …read more

Open letter to: Priestlands School in Lymington, Hampshire County Council and parents of vegan children attending the school
by a UK representative of the IVRA
The Metro reported on 21 January 2018 that a school in England “reared four pigs” and “is now going to send the animals to slaughter” as part of the education of its students, “in order to teach the children how to ‘fatten up pigs for slaughter.’…read more

In Hungary, outrageous school catering regulation received media attention
by Gábor T. Fodor
In 2014 the Hungarian Ministry of Human Resources issued a decree on “general food health guidelines for public catering”, according to which school caterers are obliged to give certain amount of meat (furthermore, milk products, eggs, etc.) to children at school…read more

Animals Need You : An Invitation to Join the Discussion
by Matthew Overton
While endeavouring to raise the profile of veganism in the legal sphere through my academic work, I encourage any students reading this who have a passion for veganism to do so also in their respective departments…read more

Under Construction: Building on Vegan Rights in the UK Construction Industry
by Anonymous
The engineering sector, and the construction industry in general, have never been considered as vegan friendly…read more

Students and Veganism
by Dr Jeanette Rowley
It’s World Vegan Month: What better time for students studying law to raise the profile of veganism…read more