Threats Keep Lion Tacos Off the Menu at Arizona Restaurant

An Arizona restaurant has scrapped plans to serve lion-meat tacos after receiving threats from animal lovers and activists. 
Since launching their “Exotic Taco Wednesday” menu, Boca Tacos y Tequila in Tuscon has served up python, elk, alligator and kangaroo tacos, along with other foods including frog legs, turtle, duck and Rocky Mountain oysters. 

As of last week, Boca’s owner Bryan Mazon was accepting prepaid orders for African lion meat tacos that were slated to be served on February 16. Under FDA guidelines, lion meat, or any meat, can be sold as long as it’s not from an endangered species. While they’re not endangered, lions are classified as “threatened” by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species..The lion meat in question would have come from a California farm that raises lions for food. 

“Lions are not endangered,” said Crawford Allan, regional director for TRAFFIC, the international wildlife trade monitoring program administered by the World Wildlife Foundation. “When bred in captivity, their meat is allowed to be traded. There are particular operations in the U.S. that are breeding lions, butchering them and selling them for meat.”
Mazon reportedly got the idea from another restaurant in Arizona that wanted to serve lion meat burgers during the World Cup being hosted in South Africa. 

On Monday, Mazon stated that “his Tucson eatery has received “many threats” against the restaurant, family members, customers and vendors since he announced last week that he was taking prepaid orders for the exotic tacos.” 
According to the Arizona Daily Star, Mazon received both direct threats at his home and indirect threats from people posting on Facebook. 

“Due to concern for safety of our families, customers, vendors, and friends we will not be selling African Lion Tacos on Feb. 16th, 2011. We will continue to bring unique and creative menu items, but not at the expense of safety,” Mazon said.

Please send an email or call the FDA to ask them to create regulations prohibiting “threatened” species from being served as food products.

FDA email:
FDA phone: (949) 608-3530 Arizona Consumer Complaint Coordinator

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LMj Sunshine

Thank goodness!

LMj Sunshine

Thank goodness!

Jane R.
Jane R.5 years ago

Humans are meat eaters just as the lions are. If you eat meat you would eat lion meat also. Stop pretendng to ot care for meat if you are not a total vegan.

Amit Ash
Amit Ash5 years ago

Where can I get some human baby tacos for lunch...I would be glad to munch on some soft baby flesh, there are so many of them being produced everyday...cant we just kill few thousands of them instead of the lions??????

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle5 years ago

It gets weirder and weirder -- didn't know people grow lions for meat. It's awful and disgusting, but then I think your hamburger is disgusting. SOOOOOO glad I'm a vegetarian.

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B.5 years ago

If they had been boycotted to the point of bankruptsy, they would have gotten the message

Mansura S.
Mansura Sajahan5 years ago

Lions are beautiful, noble and intelligent animals! FDA should certainly change their guidelines. Bryan Mazon should serve his own flesh to his customers. Since they look for exotic meat, they will probably like it!!!

Claire A.
Claire Allen5 years ago

Just how low do some people have to go to make money. The owner of this restaurant needs to learn that it's not ok for people to do what they want to all and any animals on this earth.

Karilyn K.
Karilyn K.5 years ago

Lions are beautiful and amazing creatures...a lot more than I can say for some humans.

Shelly Smith
Shelly Smith5 years ago

That makes u no better than a cannibal in my eyes, a sloppy, filthy, seriously disturbed cannibal. Why? Do you know the reason cannibals eat their kill (the ones who do it on purpose, not the few that it literally was life & death)? 2 reasons, it's either the need to take the victim wholly into yourself, not just to watch life fade but to consume it, to keep them w/you as was the case for Albert Fish, the Vampire of Brooklyn. Or to feel power over the victim, in life & death, to have the knowledge in so many ways that you "beat" the victim, you are, for lack of a better term..the "king shit" as was the case w/Ed Gein (not many know about him but he was the world's most horrendous serial killer). Why do we need to eat Lion's, Crocodiles, etc? B/c for people, it's not enough that we torture, kill & destroy them & their environment, we must eat them right? How else r we 2 show we're the "supreme beings"?!! People r so stupid & until we let go of these killing types of thoughts & behavior, we'll never be any better than the worst of the bottom dwellers