Police were called Friday night after a group of about 10 to 15 animal rights activists barged into the dining room of Berkeley, California’s world-famous restaurant Chez Panisse.
According to Nosh Weekly, activists with the human-hate group Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) burst into the dining room of the establishment with flowers in hand and, according to one employee, started screaming and yelling disrupting dinner service.
The group intruded that night allegedly came with a compassionate message as part of DxE’s Flowers for Animals campaign. According to the organization’s press release, the effort encourages activists to peacefully speak out in stores and restaurants that serve products from animals killed for food about violence against animals on farms across the United States.
Despite requests to leave, the activists refused to do so and remained in the establishment for almost an hour. No arrests were made but the activists were told bluntly not to return.
Chez Panisse is a high end, exclusive restaurant that serves Mediterranean food, respectfully. The fact that the DxE activists remained for over an hour and one eyewitness says they burst into the establishment with the intent of proselytizing and, simultaneously, intimidating the restaurant’s staff and customers.
This is another instance of Animal rights groups harassing or trying to intimidate others They aren’t just trying to intimidate and harass people who participate in animal tests for medical research and work in slaughterhouses, this visit could mean that they are shifting their efforts to target restaurants who serve meat and customers that eat it.