This week Jordi Casamitjana entered into a legal battle to ensure “ethical veganism” is awarded the same rights as other beliefs. Mr Swarbrick quizzed vegan and legal advisor Dr Rowley on the similarities veganism shares with religion. The LBC host also asked the philosophical question: “If an animal kills an animal, is that animal a murderer?”
Dr Rowley described being vegan as: “Ethical orientation that revolves around the respect for animal suffering.
“Vegans live according to deep and sincere convictions that animals have rights and are entitled to their life.
“We should not abuse or exploit them.”
Mr Swarbrick asked: “Why does it need to be the case that ethical veganism is to be a philosophical or religious belief?
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“Why is that needed?”
Dr Rowley replied: “From the moment they wake up in the morning to the moment they go to bed we make ethical choices about what we wear, what we eat, the events we might be invited to attend.”
The LBC continued the grilling: “Do you think the moral standing of non-human animals should have an equivalence of human animals?”
Dr Rowley said: “I believe in the extension of social justice to all sentient life.”