It has been an eventful “Veganuary”, replete with legal claims relating to ethical veganism; fast food chains jumping on the vegan bandwagon; retailers venturing beyond meat; and, perhaps inevitably, heartbroken vegans accidentally biting into meat mislabelled as vegan.

The increased interest in veganism has unfortunately been accompanied by ways of speaking about and treating veganism that miss the point. The culmination of this conceptual misdirection is the ruling by a British employment tribunal earlier this month that ethical veganism is a philosophical belief that qualifies for legal protection against discrimination under the UK Equality Act...

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