Friday 24 November 2017

'I can't wait to try roast vegan' - Dublin café in bitter battle with vegan community

White Moose Café and the demonstration in question (inset)
White Moose Café and the demonstration in question (inset)
White Moose Cafe on Dublin's North Circular Road
White Moose Cafe's manager Paul Stenson

Cian Murray

A Dublin café owner who has previously attracted attention for suggesting he would "shoot vegans at point blank range" has once again drawn criticism from the community after stating he would like to eat one for Christmas dinner.

Paul Stenson, owner of The White Moose Café in Phibsborough, wrote a status criticising a vegan demonstration on O'Connell Street.

It read: "This girl is lying out on O'Connell street right now as part of PETA's campaign to encourage people NOT to eat animals this Christmas.

"I'm fed up of turkey anyway. Too dry. I can't wait to try roast vegan."

The status in question has since gone viral, with over 1,200 shares. However, the response has been mixed with many vegans taking offence.

One user wrote "I  meet you on the street, you're gonna get f**ked up", while another stated that Stenson's "brain is a moronic block of wood."

White Moose Cafe's manager Paul Stenson
White Moose Cafe's manager Paul Stenson

This is not the first run-in The White Moose Café has had with the community, as a status in August last year barred all vegans.

“Given the torrent of abuse and unjustified negative reviews we have been receiving from the vegan population over the past 24 hours, all vegans are now barred from our cafe. All vegans entering the café will be shot at point blank range,” Stenson wrote.

“We look forward to never welcoming you vegans into our café ever again.”

This statement drew a barrage of one star online reviews, with one user saying: “Any place that makes fun of other people's beliefs is not a place I'd like to go to,” while another said: “Death threats aren't funny. I'm not a vegan. Your chefs are crap if they can't cook a dish and simply omit the meat.. How childish.”

Speaking to Independent.ie Mr Stenson said that these negative reviews don't bother him or his business and added that the company's Facebook page should not be taken as seriously as it is.

He said: "Everything you see on that page is all in jest. Some people lack the sense of humour and take it seriously and to be honest, that has been great for business.

"When dealing with vegans, who can be quite militant, I find they often complain about us, but very often the people they complain to don't agree with them and end up being our customers."

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