A Vegan’s Rights


I put forth this to you (all my non-existant followers)

What are a vegans rights? Like rights in the workplace.

My issue is this, my work place- like many work places around the world, provides tea and coffee amenities, including a range of cows milk (full cream, skim etc) for its workers. There is no soy milk provided. Do I have the right to request soy milk? Many people that I have discussed this matter with have responded by saying you are a minority (only vegan here) so why should you get soy milk especially? (These people are omnivores).

I rebutt with this, there is an Ethnic man here who is getting a prayer room built for him, for his religion. He is a minority, being the only person who would use it. They respond with but yes, thats his religion.

How is his religion any different from my lifestyle choice/beliefs. He believes in a god and I believe in animal rights, but his beliefs are more valid than mine? Please note that I am not by any means saying his religion is rubbish/unimportant, he can believe in whatever he wants, just as I can, but really, what is the difference?

One person even said no, its his religion, its his choice. My dear friend, how is being vegan not a choice? I am not asking for much, I would be happy with one of those juice box sized milk cartons of SoGood to last me a week, it is approximately $5 for a pack of 6. Why should I be forced to spend my break driving to Muzz Buzz and paying $6.50 (because soy milk is .50c more than normal milk) whilst they simply stroll over to the fridge.

They argue that this work place doesnt even have to supply us with those milks, so how would they feel if they stopped providing them?

I am a shift worker, and we have a fatigue management policy and procedure in place, a suggestion on this policy includes utilizing breaks to make teas and coffees to aid recuperation.

My lack of rights doesn’t stop there, over Christmas they threw a luncheon, including 3 types of spit roasted meats, but no vegan options, even the salads had cheese in them. We have fortnightly toolbox meetings which I am forced to attend, where they bbq bacon, sausage and eggs whilst talking about issues that don’t even concern me in my role here.

I am just tired of constantly getting the short end of the stick being vegan. People, in Perth especially, need to stop being so close minded about them. I am not going to stop being vegan because of the constant struggle that we go through on a daily basis, from finding a cheap vegan meal easily or being heckled by the majority of people I know, but seriously. Seriously.

/rant

k.