OTTAWA — The same animal rights group that got foie gras removed from the National Capital Commission menu at Ottawa's Winterlude kickoff dinner has set its sights — again — on the annual fundraising Fur Ball organized by the Ottawa Humane Society.
This time the debate is not about fattened duck or goose liver, which activists say is inherently cruel, but about animal products in general being served at the $300-a-plate meal planned for March 26 at the National Gallery of Canada.
They want the meal to be strictly vegan.
But the society says while it defends ethical treatment of animals, it has no plans to take meat or other animal products off the gala menu. It does, however, offer a vegetarian meal.
"I am personally sad to hear the Ottawa Humane Society will not consider an animal-free meal," said Sue Lawrence, spokeswoman for the Ottawa Animal Rights Defence League.