The restaurant called Antler is known for servicing meat that is native to Canada, including bison, boar, rabbit, duck and deer, as well as serving foie gras, which has always been condemned as especially cruel in terms of animal welfare.
The dust-up began in December, when an employee at Antler Kitchen & Bar scribbled a slogan on a sandwich board for the restaurant's exterior: "Venison is the new kale". The chef and the owner did not stop there. It's very misleading because they're calling these animals wild animals, the deer and the boar, but they're actually being farmed.
And protesters showed up holding signs that said things like "speciesism = discrimination = injustice".
"I understand peaceful protesting but you're clearly disrupting business making people feel judged unwelcomed to eat "right outside" of owners establishment. wouldn't this be classified as disrupting the peace? They're just being bred and killed".
"We are operating business as usual", he said.
"To taunt the activists", reportedly said the man behind the camera in a video posted online, cited by the Post, "he has brought the leg of a recently murdered deer to this dining area".
In an email statement to the Calgary Herald, Hunter defended his restaurant's "ethical" use of local game and humanely raised livestock.
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Chef Hunter evidently decided to make a statement of his own and brought a red-colored cutting board, a large leg of deer, and a paring knife.
According to Ugar: We were in shock. I also think it could be misguided going after the smaller businesses.
Police then entered the restaurant and talked to Hunter before the chef packed up his tools and meat and walked back into the kitchen.
When asked about the protest, Antler said that "our identity as a restaurant is well known throughout the city as is our ethical farming and foraging initiatives".
The controversy has apparently attracted at least one potential customer.