Friday, February 22, 2013
Canadian restaurant culls ‘Albino Rhino’ beer brand after human rights complaint
Earls Restaurants will take beer sold under the 25-year-old brand off the menu after a Vancouver woman with albinism filed a BC Human Rights Tribunal complaint against the chain in 2012. The same craft beer will still be sold, but just as “Rhino.”
Ikponwosa (I.K.) Ero, representing a group with the genetic condition that causes a lack of pigmentation in skin, hair and eyes and often blindness, accused the popular restaurant of discrimination based on physical disability and colour.
While Earls doesn’t agree with the complaint – the beer was named after the white rhinoceros and it didn’t occur to the restaurant that it would be associated with albinism or offend anyone – it will cull the “Albino” from the house brand by April 24.
Albinism may not be mentioned?
As a matter of interest, the white rhino is neither white nor albino. It varies in color between light brown and dark grey.