Protesters’ campaign continues

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Animal cruelty activists are pictured here during their second protest in as many months outside Calver Bridge’s Bridge Inn.

They gathered outside the restaurant on Monday May 1 in protest at the restaurateurs’ decision to continue serving foie gras following heated exchanges on Facebook between animal rights advocates and the owners of the Bridge Inn and its loyal customers.

Bridge Inn owners Owners David and Samantha McHattie and several customers have accused protesters of a Facebook bullying campaign during which some 175 bad reviews were left on the restaurant’s Facebook page. The McHatties had offered to take the controversial dish off the menu in exchange for apologies for what they perceived as internet bullying. But when protestors refused to apologise the McHatties said foie gras would remain on the menu.

A member of Nottingham Animal Rights told the Mercury last month how activists would continue holding protests at the restaurant until its owners agreed to take the dish off its menu.

She said: “This is not doing them any favours. They may feel like it is but we are getting a lot of support from people who agree that the dish should be removed.

“This also shows people that they can protest against animal cruelty and publicises the fact that people can stand up and have a voice.”

David McHattie, co-owner of the Bridge Inn, said he and his wife were growing tired of the row but refused to give in to protestors.