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Anti-hunt beliefs to be treated as religion in the workplace after animal rights campaigner wins landmark ruling

A prominent animal rights campaigner yesterday won a landmark ruling that his beliefs should be protected from discrimination at work in the same way as religion.

Joe Hashman, 42, claimed he was sacked as a designer from a garden centre when his bosses realised he was a hunt saboteur.

In a decision which is expected to open the floodgates to similar claims, a judge ruled his anti-hunting views were a 'philosophical belief' under employment law.

The veteran campaigner claimed he was axed a day after his covert footage helped to convict celebrity chef Clarissa Dickson Wright of attending an illegal hare coursing event.

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