Britain, Britain, Britain. You love our kind like no other. You invented the word “vegan.” You have Mildred’s in Soho, vegan bed and breakfasts in quaint-as-fuck row houses, and thanks to mad cow disease, you gave us a solid year of winning every vegan vs. meat eater flame war on the internet. Britain, I wish I knew how to quit you. Get Lily Allen to ditch the fur hats, and you’d be perfect.
Now they’re passing new legislation, drawn up by their Equality and Human Rights Commission, that expands the usual human rights protections granted to religions to any sincerely held belief system—including veganism! They even call us out by name: “A person who is a vegan chooses not to use or consume animal products of any kind. That person eschews the exploitation of animals for food, clothing, accessories or any other purpose and does so out of an ethical commitment to animal welfare.”
Excluded from the list of beliefs worthy of protection: fascism, Marxism, and Jediism—Scientology made the cut. Every rose has its thorn, I guess.
∞ posted at 13:26 by stevesimitzis