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Carnivore Says Vegan Company Violated Her Rights

Carnivore Says Vegan Company Violated Her Rights

A former employee of a Canadian company has complained that his employer’s no meat policy violated her rights.

The company is Matt & Nat, based in Montreal; they specialize in vegan handbags and accessories. The founder, Inder Bedi, is vegan and all of the products they produce are vegan; therefore, Bedi feels it would be inappropriate to have meat at the company.

Employees cannot bring meat into work nor can they eat meat at restaurants if they are representing the company. Job applicants are informed of the no meat policy during their interviews.

A former employee of the company, who wanted to remain anonymous, told the CBC she felt her “rights as a carnivore” were violated, and that in a free country people should eat what they like. She described sneaking meat into the offices in her purse to avoid anyone noticing. The thought of going a whole eight hour shift without eating flesh was simply unthinkable!

The company has 18 employees, most of whom aren’t vegetarian or vegan, but Bedi says he’s never had another complaint about their policy.

A spokesperson for the Quebec Human Rights Commission said they had not received an official complaint about this situation, but it if they did, it was unlikely this would qualify as a discriminatory policy.

The use of phrases like “my rights as a carnivore” is a semantic clue to how we view animals and their lives. In western society, the general culture is so hostile to the idea of animal rights that we take the exact opposite view: not only do animals not have the right to live, but we have the intrinsic and inalienable right to kill them for food.

Animal rights activist Karl Buechner summed up this mentality perfectly when he said, “You’re entitled to your own freedom, not to take others’ away”. No matter how you try to justify it or color the debate, meat is the flesh of a murdered animal. You have no more intrinsic right to eat meat than you have to commit arson, theft or murder.

But it’s scary to think how close we in the states have come to legally enforcing a meat diet. Between fascist legislation like the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, and states trying to make hunting a constitutional right, it seems only a matter of time before eating meat becomes legally mandated.

If the idea of an inherent right to eat meat seems ludicrous to you, and if you support the right of animals to live without being killed for human consumption, then make a meaningful change and go vegan. A vegan diet is the most fundamental step you can make to help alleviate the suffering of animals.

 

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9:29PM PDT on Jul 25, 2011

First of all she is NOT a "carnivore" she is an"omnivore".She knew what the rules were before she went to work there. If she didn't think she could handle it she shouldn't have taken the job. If a place has a "no smoking" sign you don't smoke the same applies!!

6:28PM PST on Jan 23, 2011

She is ridiculous. She knew the policy when she was hired. NO CASE.

3:22PM PST on Dec 18, 2010

What an idiot!

8:51PM PST on Dec 14, 2010

@Adam G - you are not top of the food chain, you are a low life. It's hilarious how all the Neanderthals like you love to take credit for all of humanity's achievements. Only a precious few have actually advanced our civilization and clearly if it were up left up to people like you we would still be in the dark ages. Nice photo by the way- put a shirt on your creeping me out.

12:17AM PST on Dec 11, 2010

"You have no more intrinsic right to eat meat than you have to commit arson, theft or murder" ROFLMAO!!!

the fact that humans ARE THE TOP of the food chain, ie. we are the top predator on earth because we evolved to be so, absolutely DOES give us the right to eat meat, just the same as a lion or tiger has every right to eat the meat of it's prey.

if someone chooses to deny their humanness by becoming vegan/vegetarian, that is their choice. but that does not give them the right to force their opinions (and let's face it, their "beliefs" are just that, nothing more) onto people who choose to embrace the fact that they are human.

it's such a shame that some vegan people choose to be just as arrogant & ignorant as religious fundies.

4:38PM PST on Dec 10, 2010

geez, people will do anything for attention and news coverage these days....should they have posted a sign during the interview, for her convenience? "Warning: coffee is hot. Also, you cannot bring meat into a vegan company building."

5:50AM PST on Dec 8, 2010

Don't work for a vegan company if you want to eat meat.
What, you can't go without a sausage on your lunch break?
Jeez.

2:05PM PST on Dec 5, 2010

Amen Cheyenne - well said. Agreed! This lady ought to find another place to work, since our employment should also reflect the values we hold.

4:02AM PST on Dec 2, 2010

Cheyenne summed up the issue accurately without any need to rant.

10:27PM PST on Dec 1, 2010

Stephan, you SAID IT, Buddy! The previous comment from yours was a completely off-topic sermon, bordering on a rant. Yup, I can see the similarity (institutions). BTW, have a sip for me, I'm OUT, and after reading that commentary, I sincerely need one! :)

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