Inquiry: Respect for religious and philosophical beliefs while eating in care

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The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Vegetarianism and Veganism provides a forum for discussing issues around vegetarianism and veganism. The group is funded by The Vegan Society and Vegetarian for Life. The Vegan Society serves as secretariat.

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We very much welcome attendees with an interest in vegetarianism, veganism, or special diets; public health; the environment; and animal welfare. Meetings will usually take the form of presentations by speakers and then a Q&A with the floor. However, parliamentarians do have priority in asking questions.

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We hope that meetings will be attended by a range of parliamentarians and stakeholders. Potential topics for discussion include food and medicine labelling, vegetarianism and veganism as protected beliefs, impact of diet on climate change, and institutional catering provisions. This is not an official website of the House of Commons or the House of Lords. It has not been approved by either House or its committees. All-Party Parliamentary Groups are informal groups of Members of both Houses with a common interest in particular issues. The views expressed in these web pages are those of the group.

Officers

  • Baroness Hussein-Ece – Vice-Chair
  • Kerry McCarthy MP – Vice-Chair
  • Henry Smith MP – Vice-Chair
  • Alex Sobel MP – Vice-Chair
  • Thangham Debbonaire MP

Chair

  • Christina Rees MP

Previous Meetings

Veganism in the workplace

8th September 2020

via Zoom video-conferencing

This event will be especially valuable if you are an HR professional or if you’re responsible for wellbeing, equality and discrimination in your organisation. But if you’re a vegan and interested in workplace issues, please join us to learn more.

Christina Rees MP, the Chair of the APPG for Vegetarianism and Veganism will introduce our panel of speakers including:

  • Peter Daly: Principal Employment Lawyer at Slater and Gordon. Peter litigated on behalf of Jordi Casamitjana Costa in a landmark employment tribunal, which established that ethical veganism is a protected philosophical belief, protected by discrimination legislation.
  • Dr Jeannette Rowley: The Vegan Society’s legal expert and chair of its International Rights Network. In early 2020 the network produced a guide for employers about supporting veganism in the workplace.
  • Sadie Cable and Jack Barber: co-chairs of Suffolk County Council’s Vegan Staff Network. The network supports vegan staff, promotes understanding, and seeks to influence decision-making in their organisation.

After hearing from each of our speakers you will have the opportunity to ask written questions, which will be put to our panel.

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Inquiry: Respect for religious and philosophical beliefs while eating in care

28th January 2020

Portcullis House

Documents from the meeting

Annual General Meeting Jan 2020

28th January 2020

Houses of Parliament

Documents from the meeting

Veggie Vurger, anyone? EU proposal to restrict plant-based descriptions

17th July 2019

Houses of Parliament

Documents from the meeting

Annual General Meeting July 2019

17th July 2019

Houses of Parliament

Documents from the meeting

Eating away at climate change with negative emissions: Repurposing UK agricultural land to meet climate goals

1st May 2019

A celebration of the growth of veganism and the vegan market

9th January 2019

Houses of Parliament

Joint letter to Minister for Women and Equalities, Penny Mordaunt, from the officers of the APPG

5th December 2018

Documents from the meeting

Public procurement: do public authorities have a duty to supply vegan food?

16th October 2018

Documents from the meeting

Is it time for a legal definition of veganism?

18th July 2018

Houses of Parliament

Documents from the meeting

Joint letter to Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove, from the officers of the APPG

5th April 2018

Documents from the meeting

A celebration of the growth of veganism and the vegan market

17th January 2018

Houses of Parliament

The environmental impact of livestock farming

17th October 2017

Houses of Parliament

Documents from the meeting

Annual General Meeting Jul 2017

17th July 2017

Minutes of AGM July 2017

Joint letter to Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, from the officers of the APPG

28th February 2017

Documents from the meeting

Annual General Meeting Jan 2017

18th January 2017

Minutes of AGM January 2017

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