Respect for religious and philosophical beliefs while eating in care

Everyone deserves dignity in care. This belief is why the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Vegetarianism and Veganism has launched the report Respect for religious and philosophical beliefs while eating in care.

This report has been produced by V for Life on behalf of the VegAPPG and highlights several examples where individual dietary preferences were disregarded.

Crucially, the report makes four recommendations, with variations for the devolved nations. These can be summarised as:  
 
1 and 2. Strengthening care regulations and related guidance – By recognising that philosophical beliefs are as important as an individual’s religious beliefs or cultural background. 

3. Introducing mandatory training – Helping carers to learn more about, and fully understand the importance of, religious and philosophical beliefs. 

4. Dietary guides in kitchens – Ensuring that dietary practices arising from protected philosophical beliefs such as veganism and vegetarianism are easy to understand and accessible for chefs. 

The full recommendations are contained on pages 8–10 of the report.  

 

What you can do

We are asking MPs to take part in a strategic APPG meeting to discuss how Parliament can take these recommendations forward. We need you to write to your MP. Let your representative know about this Inquiry and the importance of the findings to you. We have included a sample letter you can use for this at the bottom of this page and you can find your MP here. 

You can also share our campaign video on social media. Create your own caption, or simply copy and paste the caption below to pledge your support.

"The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Vegetarianism & Veganism has launched a hard-hitting inquiry report around dignity in care. And we need your help: https://youtu.be/TDM2XeCwCnw"


Sample letter to your MP

Dear

I am one of your constituents and my postcode is:

[I am a [long-standing] [vegan] [vegetarian] and my dietary beliefs are a central aspect of my identity.] [OR I am a strong advocate for dignity and human rights in care.] Although many of us would assume that our dietary and ethical choices would be respected throughout our lives, research commissioned by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Vegetarianism and Veganism shows that this isn’t always the case.

The VegAPPG’s new report, ‘Respect for religious and philosophical beliefs while eating in care’ is the result of extensive research. It highlights real-life failures in care because of disregard for individual philosophical or religious beliefs. The case studies do not make easy reading but show exactly why this is such an important issue.

Please support the recommendations set out in the APPG on Vegetarianism and Veganism’s inquiry report, which call for:

1. and 2. Strengthening care regulations and related guidance – By recognising that philosophical beliefs are as important as an individual’s religious beliefs or cultural background.
3. Introducing mandatory training – Helping carers to learn more about, and fully understand the importance of, religious and philosophical beliefs.
4. Dietary guides in kitchens – Ensuring that dietary practices arising from protected philosophical beliefs such as veganism and vegetarianism are easy to understand and accessible for chefs.

To show your support for the recommendations, I would like to request that you attend the VegAPPG closed session that will be arranged in the coming weeks. You can show your interest in attending through this link: https://doodle.com/poll/wbv25whyse9fsp8s?utm_source=poll&utm_medium=link

This strategic session will plan specific steps for the recommendations to become law – please show your support by providing input.

If you are unable to attend, please contact policy@vegetarianforlife.org.uk to request a one-to-one meeting to help further this campaign.

Everybody deserves dignity in their care.

Kind regards


PS. Visit vegappg.org.uk/inquiry to view the full report.