A vegan restaurant has attracted a string of bad reviews after imposing a ban on new mothers bottle feeding their babies with cow’s milk.
The eatery was inundated with negative posts on its website after warning on its door: “We don’t like bottle feeds based on cow’s milk. Please don’t use them in the restaurant.”
A local newspaper reported how the policy had instantly attracted negative online feedback and told how one embarrassed mother had been “humiliated” by being reminded of the policy while she dined with her baby.
The restaurant El Vergel de Tarragona in Tarragona, Spain, also claimed on its website that a vegan diet is “the healthiest, ethical and sustainable”.
Its policy has now sparked a fierce debate and its website has been inundated with hostile comments, Spain’s El Pais website reported.
One read: “I am a vegan and I think that, in the case of babies, you are mistaken in thinking it is a matter of reflection… as you know there are no ‘vegan’ options available.
“There are choices for everyone but for very young babies there aren’t, so I think you should have been more flexible on this point.”
A Facebook post saw both sides of the argument.
It said: “I applaud the consistency of this restaurant!
“This is not about a fight between a vegan and a non-vegan, or an attack against bottle feeding over breast milk.
“This is about complying with the rules of an establishment.”
One online comment in favour of the restaurant’s policy read: “Mothers who have been genuinely humiliated are those raped throughout their lives to have babies that are then stolen and butchered so that humans can take the milk that was for them.
These mothers are cows, sheep, and goats, the victims of the bottle you feed your child.”
The restaurant said it intended to stick to its policy.