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An advert for a room in a Manchester apartment tells vegans not to apply.

In the ad, live-in landlord Alex describes himself as ‘pretty laid back with everything’ – but warns people ‘not to take the p*ss’.

Talking about potential applicants for the room, he says: “Vegans: don’t bother.”

Vegan discrimination

A spokesperson for The Vegan Society told Plant Based News that because the landlord lives in the property, he is able to specify that he doesn’t want to live with a vegan.

Describing it as a ‘complex case’, the spokesperson said if ‘Alex’ was renting out a whole flat, however, this could classify as discrimination – however, with this particular case, it doesn’t seem to be a problem.

Living with a vegan

“While we can appreciate that the landlord was aiming for the advert to be humorous, we don’t quite understand why he would be opposed to living with a vegan,” The Vegan Society told Plant Based News.

“It’s worth noting that if he was letting out a whole house, discrimination would not be appropriate but there is an exemption in certain situations such as if you’re a live-in landlord.

“It is a well-known fact that many vegans are good cooks who pay attention to what goes into their meals. Vegans are often happy to cook for their housemates too, which we think might.”

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.