If you were paying north of $100 for a meal at upscale Keg Mansion in Toronto, wouldn’t you expect to dine in an atmosphere free of criticism over what you’re eating?
Diners at the restaurant were visited Saturday night by members of a little-known animal rights group called Direct Action Everywhere (they’re no PETA!). They were there to protest the consumption of pig, chicken, turkey and cow, as part of their #DogMeatPlease campaign.
As diners munched on delicious, juicy steak, one of the protesters confronted the restaurant’s hostess and asked “I’m just wondering, I don’t see any dog meat here. Steak is made out of cows and I see you’ve got chicken. I see you’ve got pigs here but you don’t have dogs here.” The hostess declined to respond as she took the menu back from the female inquisitor.
The woman then shared a prepared speech with the patrons.
Because the protest had not been planned with the restaurant owner’s knowledge, the protesters had to take their act outside into the parking lot. Police were waiting for them!
If you were at the Keg Mansion that night as a diner, how would you have handled this protest group’s “performance”? Would you have confronted them? Should the restaurant comp everybody’s meal as a way of saying “sorry” for the disturbance? Do you support what this group did?