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Chef Butchers Deer Leg in Front of Animal Rights Activists at Toronto Restaurant

animal rights activists protest Antler restaurant in Toronto.

Animal rights activists were in for a grisly surprise over the weekend when protesters in front of a popular Toronto restaurant were treated to a live demonstration on how to properly butcher the hind quarter of a deer.

Chef Michael Hunter is co-owner of Antler, a restaurant that serves "local seasonal and wild foods" that are native to Canada, "such as bison, boar, rabbit, duck and deer." When vegan protesters returned to his restaurant for the fourth time in recent days with signs bearing messages like "animals are not ours to use,"  "killing and eating animals is horrifying" and "MURDER," Hunter decided to conduct a little protest of his own.

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A Toronto-based animal rights activist filmed and gave running commentary as the chef went about his work on the other side of a giant picture window.

"To taunt the activists, he's brought the leg of a recently murdered deer," the activist, Len Goldberg, whined plaintively as fellow protesters held a sign under the meat-cutting display that read, "MURDER." He noted that Hunter was butchering the animal on a table meant for diners.