After months of protesting, the Ottawa Animal Defense League has won its battle against celebrated chef Stephen Beckta, who has agreed to take fois gras off his restaurant’s menu. The group’s goal is to remove the controversial delicacy, which is made from the livers of force fed geese and ducks, from Ottawa establishments. To this end, the Defense League took aim at Beckta, demonstrating outside his restaurants with placards, a blow horn and graphic brochures. Beckta’s staff also received numerous threatening emails and phone calls. “In my mind, this is as much a story about intimidation and harassment as it is about animal cruelty,” he says.
Sorry sir, we don't sell Pâté anymore
Anti-foie gras protesters claim victory over Ottawa restaurants