A vegan student in the UK, who is in the process of completing an animal management course, claims she was told that she must visit a farm or fail, BBC reported.  Fiji Willetts believes the BTEC National qualification doesn’t align with her beliefs.

According to Willetts, the course was advertised as appropriate for “animal lovers.” Her school said she was told she didn’t need to take the course if it made her uncomfortable.


Willetts was under the impression that visiting a farm would involve, “learning how to care for [animals] and how to make sure they receive the best care within that industry.” Instead, she said tutors told her that they might visit a slaughterhouse as part of the unit.

Willetts said, “I felt really uncomfortable about the idea of having to attend a farm and help in exploiting the animals there. I was told that unless I attended the farm that I would fail that unit and therefore the entire course.”

She raised the issue in the fall and the school has taken five months to fix the dispute. Willetts claims other options for the course were only given after she complained to the board.

“I know I’m not alone in this. I have had a few people come to me and said that, although it was at a different college, they actually left because they were told they had to do farming or fail,” Willetts said.


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