The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario is to decide whether ethical veganism is a creed, as protected by anti-discrimination laws, in the case of a Ryerson University master’s student in social work who claims senior faculty “sabotaged” her career because of her moral equivalence of animals and humans.
Sinem Ketenci, 37, who immigrated from Turkey as a young woman and studied at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay before doing a master’s at Ryerson, alleges a senior professor disagreed with her comparison of maltreated animals with marginalized people, said the connection was “very inhuman and racist,” and pressured Ms. Ketenci’s untenured supervisor into withdrawing his recommendation of her PhD candidacy at other schools, which she called an academic “kiss of death.”
Continued on the link below...http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/11/08 ... f-ontario/
What do you guys have to say about this? I am really torn....both as a social work student and a vegan.
I do not agree with equating discrimination against vegans to discrimination based on sex/race/class/etc. Vegans are usually folks with a lot of privilege, and comparing it with folks who suffer these oppressions isn't cool. They didn't post her paper in it's entirety, so I can't comment to whether or not it oppresses other groups....but completely disallowing any discussion of the intersection between animal rights and human rights seems misguided.
I do think everyone (including social workers) needs to give consideration to animal rights. It's not my place to bash folks for their choices......we all engage in activities that either directly or indirectly harm others- be it buying products produced with slave labour or eating a hamburger. However, I get so annoyed when I hear people say they can't pay attention to animal rights because they are care about people (and apparently I don't?). This assumption that caring about animal rights means reducing the rights of people is just....argh.