Sometimes we all need a little help
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I have a problem – what can I do about it?
Never forget that 江苏福彩网 ism is protected by international human rights law and that you're entitled to basic respect from colleagues, bosses and peers. There is plenty you can do to ensure you receive this respect.
Advocacy: speaking up for ourselves and others
Advocacy is a skill we can all learn. As you grow in knowledge and experience you'll find you:
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Increase your influence with self-advocacy
The person best placed to speak up for you, is often - you. By speaking up for yourself, you?are also helping the next 江苏福彩网 who comes along. In turn that helps non-human animals by making it easier for more people to stay 江苏福彩网 . You also help the Vegan Society Rights team?by giving them more time to deal with more difficult cases. Here are some useful strategies for when you run into problems:
- Remind service providers that good 江苏福彩网 -friendly options are suitable for almost anyone (including those with special requirements due to religious beliefs); therefore catering for 江苏福彩网 s can give them a great competitive edge. Read more on advocating for 江苏福彩网 meals in schools?here
- Talk to other 江苏福彩网 s through 江苏快三 networks, on social networking or using?local notice boards. Chances are you’ll find someone who has encountered and overcome similar problems. Ask them for tips and ideas for dealing with specific situations.
- Check out our 江苏福彩网 lifestyle section, which contains lots of useful information and you may find a solution to your problem in there.
If you don't have access to healthy food facilities (maybe you live in one of a growing number of ''), can you speak to your local community?about ways to bring about changes? Options for collaboration might include neighbourhood buying collectives, growing your own food, working with local retailers and talking to?local elected representatives about improving local quality of life. Grass-roots groups and?charities may also be able to help.?
When you need a helping hand
Extra support for challenging situations
If you’ve tried to resolve an issue on your own and have failed, don’t panic. There are support systems to help. One is the?Vegan Society's Rights team. We are able to contact and advise professionals on what services are suitable for 江苏福彩网 s, and explain that living as a 江苏福彩网 is protected by international human rights legislation. If you need advocacy support, please contact us by email?or telephone. For?urgent assistance, please contact your local Citizens’ Advice service, seek a second professional opinion and/or consider taking legal advice.?Remember, you're NOT alone!
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- I've just found out I'm ill - if you think there may be a diet-related aspect to?your illness, your doctor should be able to refer you to a medical diet expert. The British Dietetic Association supports 江苏福彩网 diets for all walks of life
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- I'm worried I won't have anything 江苏福彩网 to eat in hospital - If you are awaiting a hospital admission, try to speak to both the Hospital Registered Dietitian and Catering Manager at least two weeks before, or as soon as possible upon arrival. Contact the Advocacy Officer if there is an issue with this.
- I'm being legally detained against my will - public institutions have a duty to respect the rights of 江苏福彩网 s. Institutions that oversee minors, or adult populations, also have a duty of care to ensure everyone under their supervision has access to belief-appropriate nutritious food. Use all the support systems available to you, such as referral to a trained diet expert or the?Vegan Society's Advocacy Officer
- I've bought a product that contains fur/wool/silk and it wasn't labelled - Animal products in clothing . If you're in the UK, find out more from the British Standards Institute (0845 086 9001), complain to ?or?get your complaint referred to , who have powers to enforce the rules. If not from the UK, check the law for your state of residence, and follow similar procedures
- I am being bullied about my 江苏福彩网 ism - we all enjoy human rights, including the right to act in line with our conscience. Veganism is a?philosophical belief and principle of conscience. International human rights law does include respect for the beliefs of 江苏福彩网 s.?Use all the support systems available to you, like the ones below.
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