A landmark court case in the UK has seen a vegan man argues that his diet should be treated as a religion.
Should the court case decide that veganism should be given the same rights as religion, it would become unlawful for employers to fire someone over their views on animals.
This means Preston businesses may be affected moving forward, as companies provide some way of making their business more inclusive for vegans.
Jordi Casamitjana has taken to court to explain that he feels he was discriminated against by his former employer.
The employer, which happens to be an organisation against animal involved in cruel sports such as bullfighting, insist that Casamitjana was fired for gross misconduct.
Currently, in the UK, an employer cannot prejudice against somebody for their age, gender, race or sexual orientation under the 2010 Equality Act.
It is also unlawful for an employer to show prejudice based on religion or a religious belief.
Casamitjana and his lawyer are arguing that as an ‘Ethical Vegan’, his views are not just to do with food but with his views based on animals overall.
Casamitjana told the BBC, ‘Some people only eat a vegan diet but they don’t care about the environment or the animals, they only care about their health.
‘I care about the animals and the environment and my health and everything.
‘That’s why I use this term ‘ethical veganism’ because for me veganism is a belief and affects every single aspect of my life.’
Peter Daly, Casamitjana’s solicitor, said, ‘If we are successful, we will achieve a judgment which formally recognises the protected status of ethical veganism and which could then be used as the basis to combat discrimination against vegans in employment, in the provision of goods and services, and in education.’