With a restaurant name like Antler Kitchen & Bar, this place is almost too easy of a target for animal rights activists.
A group of protesters stood outside the Canadian restaurant owned by Michael Hunter, and it probably wasn’t the type of attention he wanted around his establishment.
Guests inside the restaurant posted videos of the protesters, and seemed more amused than bothered, but Hunter still took a proactive next step to try and shoo away the picketers —a step that probably mortified the activists.
Hunter grabbed a huge slab of deer meat, laid it on a table near the window where the picketers stood, and just started carving away to cook himself a nice medium-rare steak for dinner.
The protesters, who held signs that read “murder,” and “animals are not ours to use” were visibly and audibly disgusted, claiming that the chef was doing something illegal by prepping the meat in the dining area.
Police officers arrived on scene, probably because there was a large group of people causing a ruckus, but nothing escalated.
Animal rights activists say owner of #Antler restaurant made a show of carving up and eating meat— in the front display window, in full view of demonstrators https://t.co/Zaza757zyY pic.twitter.com/tZlCKloDUk
— Metro Toronto (@metrotoronto) March 28, 2018
The chef ended up finishing his meal, and eating it in front of all the protesters, like a true gangster.
Antler is known for its Canadian wild game meat such as venison, boar, duck, and rabbit, and according to the Daily Meal, reservations have skyrocketed since videos of the incident started circulating.
This isn’t the first time Antler has seen protesters, as animal activists have proudly posted their displeasure in the past.
There is some serious shi.. hellhole out there I could’ve mentioned that @antlerkitchenbar menu looks like a scene from “Hannibal” but that’s not the point. Today while protesting we encountered quite an amount of people saying “Oh, but they’re selling wild meat which they’ve hunted, so it’s sustainable, better for the environment blah, blah, blah” Well, I have some news for you. No one hunted (or should I say “harvested”?) this meat. It’s illegal in Ontario to serve wild game in restaurants, so ALL these deers and boars were actually farmed. Yes, there is such a thing like deer, elk etc. farms and they’re not in any way different than, let’s say, beef farms. Animals are raised there as a livestock and killed for their meat while they’re only 1-2 years old. O, and they also serve rabbits and foie gras. Foie gras, Carl. In 2018. Did I say this place is a hellhole? #antlerkitchenbar #animalabusers
When asked why he did it, Hunter told the Globe and Mail he was offended by the protesters acts, and decided to simply fight fire with fire.