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ERIC Number: EJ1284426
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2021-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1354-4187
"I Heard about the Way the Animals Are Treated and Slaughtered, and I Don't Like It"--Attitudes of Vegetarians or Vegans Who Have Learning Disabilities
Bates, Claire
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v49 n1 p62-71 Mar 2021
Background: Adopting a vegetarian diet is becoming increasingly popular within the UK, for reasons such as perceived health benefits and concerns over animal welfare. The study explores attitudes towards vegetarianism/veganism among adults with learning disabilities. Materials and Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with eight people with learning disabilities who did not eat meat across the UK. Results: Participants who adopted a meat-free diet did so predominantly for animal welfare. Participants cared passionately about the welfare of animals but were reluctant to advocate their lifestyle to other people with learning disabilities, where they are in the minority for their dietary choices. Participants felt most people with learning disabilities were not made aware of the reality that animals are killed for food and that they should have accessible information to make an informed choice about whether to eat meat. Conclusions: Holding the identity as a vegetarian could potentially facilitate integration into mainstream organisations where people hold similar ethical beliefs; however, this is unlikely unless organisations increase their inclusivity such as providing accessible information.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom