“The Vegan Army” gathered for a protest outside of the “Antler” restaurant in Toronto. The owner of the restaurant Michael Hunter, decided to put a table in the window and cut up a steak, cook it and eat it in front of them.
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Speaking to UNILAD, Len Goldberg, activist videographer for the vegan outreach, said:
I chose Antler because their patrons feel good about eating ethical meat.
I believe that there is no such thing; for that one animal, no matter what kind of animal and how they were raised, that’s their life and they don’t want to die.
We’re being attacked for protesting a small business who has a couple of vegan options however if they were serving dogs and cats with vegan options there would be an outcry of support.
When Michael came to the window carving into the leg of a deer he looked like a crazed man unravelling in front of us, taunting a group who was there because they care about animal welfare.
It’s enough that that poor deer had her life taken and had her family destroyed. That was an individual, she may have had a family, she may have had children, she may have had a partner. She had her herd, her friends, her personality, her desires, her feelings, her wants, her fears, her loves, her character, her heart, her soul.
It’s enough that all of that was taken from her, but now we have her body being defiled and degraded to taunt people who were simply advocated for her kind.
We chose that particular location to do our vegan outreach because that restaurant goes beyond the profound problem of serving the bodies of murdered animals, to actually celebrating the murder of animals.
If anyone cares to take a look at Antler’s Facebook page and look through the photos. You will see the restaurant taking pleasure in taking animals’ lives. You will animals on a spit above a fire next to someone with a glass of wine in a celebratory stance next to the animal.
It’s enough that the animals are having their lives taken, but this restaurant is actually mocking the taking of their lives, and people can’t just stand by and be silent while they go ahead and do that.
In the 1960s and 1970s, a vegetarian food movement emerged as part of the counterculture in the United States that focused on concerns about diet, the environment, and a distrust of food producers, leading to increasing interest in organic gardening. One of the most influential vegetarian books of that time was Frances Moore Lappé’s 1971 text, Diet for a Small Planet. It sold more than three million copies and suggested “getting off the top of the food chain”. The following decades saw research by a group of scientists and doctors in the United States, including physicians Dean Ornish, Caldwell Esselstyn, Neal D. Barnard, John A. McDougall, Michael Greger, and biochemist T. Colin Campbell, who argued that diets based on animal fat and animal protein, such as the Western pattern diet, were detrimental to health. They produced a series of books that recommend vegan or vegetarian diets, including McDougall’s The McDougall Plan (1983),