Toronto head chef Michael Hunter, who made headlines earlier this week after he carved a roe leg outside his restaurant in front of the vegan protesters, admitted he felt "guilty" after taking the stunt, although he only tried make a point.
"I just snapped," said Hunter People. "I thought I have my own kind of protest."
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The vegan protest held last Friday outside Hunter's Restaurant Antler attracted activists to signs saying "Murder" and "Animals are not ours" , Some of the activists, according to the people, even proclaimed the word "murderer" among the guests of the restaurant.
Marni Jill Ugar, who organized the protest, confirmed the "killer" part for "People," though she claims she told her protest group she should not make such comments.
It was all a bit too much for Hunter, who apparently responded to the protest by slaughtering a roe leg
"I just wanted to shock them and see if they would leave," he said.
Hunter, on the other hand, tells People magazine he does not understand why Ugar's group was only targeting Antler, as it's not the only restaurant serving meat in the immediate vicinity. He also claims that Ugar's group has protested outside the restaurant every month since December, with the Toronto Star confirming that last Friday's protest was the fourth of the group's own at Antler.
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"For me it's really annoying because we respect the diet and opinions of everyone … and that's why we've been vegetarian since 2015 and vegan dishes on our menu, "said Hunter People, adding that he often announces these dishes on a chalkboard.
Ugar has meanwhile said that their protests were originally meant to be" the ethical meat myth for which Antler is known. to unmask, "said organizer Marni Jill Ugar, who spoke with Canada's Global News. As evidence, she referred to the inclusion of goose liver on the Antler menu, which is often produced by force-feeding ducks or geese.
Hunter said Ugar and her group are angry over more than just foie gras. "Their belief is that all flesh is unethical," he told the people. "It does not matter how they're bred, it does not matter how they grew up, it's all unethical and they want everyone to change."
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But while Twitter largely supported Hunter's actions, he says he received the "support [Antler]it was worth it," he told the people, "feeling a little guilty" and not doing it again would.
"If I had known it would go up in the air, I probably would not have done it."