Anti-Meat Protests: Debating Tactics

See this, by Adina Bresge, for the Toronto Metro News. (I’m quoted.)

Ethical eating debate arises after vegan protesters target Toronto restaurant

A confrontation between animal rights activists and the owner of a restaurant who protesters say cut up and ate a piece of meat in front of them has inflamed tensions between vegans and sustainability-minded omnivores over which diet is best for ethical eating.

Grassroots animal rights activist Marni Ugar said demonstrators returned to Antler Kitchen & Bar in Toronto on Saturday, about a week after she said co-owner and chef Michael Hunter responded to a similar gathering outside the west-end eatery by carving up a large animal leg and eating the cooked meat in full view of protesters.

They plan to return again on Thursday evening, she said….

The key debate here really is about tactics. The protestors in this story protested outside of Antler, a ‘wild game’ restaurant in Toronto, one that (per its website) aims to celebrate “the wild culinary delights of Canada.” In other words, it’s the farthest thing from the burger joint that churns out the ground up carcasses of factory-farmed cattle. While animal rights protestors in the past have tended to take aim at the big offenders, like McDonalds and Burger King, the protestors in this case took aim at Antler because it was small restaurant with a clearly-identifiable guy in charge, a guy they hoped (?) would sit down with them in dialogue.

About Chris MacDonald

I'm a philosopher who teaches at Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management in Toronto, Canada. Most of my scholarly research is on business ethics and healthcare ethics.
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