“The goal always is for a restaurant to go fully vegan,” lead protester Marni Ugar told The Globe and Mail. “To reduce the animals they kill, for me, isn’t good enough.”
The protesters were scaring away walk-in customers, and after an unsuccessful attempt to have a dialogue with them, Hunter felt helpless and didn't know what to do. Then, last Friday, they began taunting diners by screaming "murderer" into the restaurant every time the door opened, and Hunter knew he had to step things up. So, he grabbed a large deer leg and headed out to the front of the restaurant where he began to carve it up on a counter at the window -- in full view of the activists outside.
Understandably, the move pissed off the protesters and two calls were placed to the police, who showed up to keep the peace. Hunter has since voiced regret about what he did, telling The Globe and Mail "After, I didn’t feel good about it. I felt like they got to me and I played into them.”