If being vegan was simply a dietary choice, that would be one thing. Why not? People have a right to eat whatever they want.
But it's not. Veganism is almost a religion, and apparently the vegan handbook commands worshipers go out and annoy everyone who isn't vegan. Even if they sometimes protest while topless, that's not cool. And sometimes non-vegans like a chef in Toronto just get tired of their bullshit.
As the Washington Post reports, The Antler Kitchen and Bar probably started the whole thing when they elected to use this provocative slogan: "Venison is the new kale."
That set off animal rights activists. One of their problems was that the restaurant allegedly gave the impression it was serving "ethical meat" (hunted wild, not farmed) but it wasn't. Protests began, and Antler Kitchen and Bar lost customers. The restaurant promoted the fact it had vegan dishes as well, but as always, no one was satisfied.
Activist Marni Ugar's words to a Canadian paper would probably set off any non-vegan. "The goal always is for a restaurant to go fully vegan," Ugar reportedly said.
The protests escalated, involving megaphones, etc, and chef Michael Hunter was sick of it. "They’re offending us; I’m going to offend them," Hunter told reporters, "So I went and got a deer leg."
He later indicated regret that he'd gone that far, feeling that as far as the protesters were concerned, he'd proven their point. Some social media users, however, definitely feel chef Hunter and his restaurant are being unfairly singled out.
The Antler-vegans standoff is still happening, with protests as recent as Saturday. But now it looks like the vegans are driving traffic to chef Hunter's place.
As it should be.