A new Ontario policy may pave the way for all kinds of moral and ethical beliefs to be protected as a human right — even veganism.
In its report released Dec. 10, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) updated its definition of “creed,” which until now was generally considered a synonym for religion.
“Creed may also include non-religious belief systems that, like religion, substantially influence a person’s identity, worldview and way of life,” the commission said.
Advocacy group Animal Justice counts the new policy as a win for those whose belief system revolves around doing no harm to animals.
Ethical veganism is “now one step closer to being protected under Ontario human rights law as a form of ‘creed,’” the group said in a statement last month.