A group of animal rights and climate justice activists tried to get into the London steakhouse Nusr-Et, which is owned by social media personality “Salt Bae”, but were removed by staff at the luxury restaurant on Saturday night.
Animal Rebellion said they organized the protest because “upscale dining represents exploitation, climate destruction and inequality.”
The protesters sat down at tables with a menu titled “Plant Based Future,” which includes “support for farmers and fishing communities as they transition to a plant-based food system” and “rewilding cleared land and ocean.”
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A video posted by the activist group shows waitresses at the restaurant dragging a protester and her menu out.
Nusr-Et is owned by Nusret Gökçe, who has exploded on social media in recent years with his viral videos of gold-plated steaks and other extravagant meals. The chain has locations in at least 18 cities around the world.
Nusr-Et did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Animal Rebellion also staged a sit-in protest at Mana, another upscale London restaurant offering a full course menu for around $230 per person.
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Simon Martin, the chef and owner of Mana, said in a statement that he is “confused as to why the protesters chose to target a restaurant that prioritizes sustainability and animal welfare.”
“Last night’s protest in Mana disrupted the operation of a small business already suffering economically from COVID and the ongoing energy crisis during the busiest night of the week,” Martin said in a statement shared with Fox News Digital.
“Mana has always been a very sustainable restaurant, involving hyper-local and sustainably sourced vegetables from small businesses, just like us, that abstain from GMOs, herbicides and pesticides.”
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Animal Rebellion said some protesters have been arrested in Mana.
“We call on the government to support farmers as they transition to a plant-based future,” Animal Rebellion tweeted. “We urgently need action on the climate crisis now!”