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Lion Meat Burgers to be Served at Arizona Restaurant

Lion Meat Burgers to be Served at Arizona Restaurant

A restaurant in downtown Mesa, AZ is reportedly to begin serving lion burgers made from real lion meat. The meat does not come from wild African lions. It comes from African lions living on a farm in Illinois.

It wouldn’t be the first time lion has been on the menu in an American restaurant. A Philadelphia dining establishment had been offering it, but protesters raised such a clamor, they had to remove lion meat from their menu.

It was reported the lion meat came from Fallows Farm in Illinois, and it is a legal operation. So, why is raising African lions for meat legal in the United States?

The Arizona restaurant is named Il Vinaio, and has decent reviews on Yelp. Except for the one that says, “Serving Lion should be illegal and you should be ashamed of yourselves.  It’s just wrong and very sad.” The reviewer may not actually have seen the burgers being served, and commented due to news coverage, or may have actually seen the lion burgers being served. Either way, it is a clear example of the potential of user-generated content to  tell the truth about what is happening in our society.

Another restaurant in Sacramento was reported in April to be serving a burger made from a mix of lion and antelope meat. The restaurant is called the Flaming Grill.  A phone call recently confirmed they still serve the lion and antelope burger, but they are currently out of the ingredients and are waiting for more. They also have good Yelp reviews, and a user in May wrote the menu includes, “…alligator, yak, llama, kangaroo, antelope, and… lion!?”

In the U.S. there may be any number of restaurants serving game. However, with lions the story is different because they are a vulnerable species in the wild, and their numbers are declining. Two recent surveys estimated the range of African lions to be 16,500-30,000, or 29,000-47,000.

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10:43PM PST on Dec 25, 2013

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8:08AM PDT on May 9, 2013

Have you all seen the local news in Tampa Bay on a restaurant that was serving Lion Meat. What's startling is that most of the comments are in FAVOR of it. Shocking & sad: https://www.facebook.com/WFLANewsChannel8

4:21AM PDT on Apr 1, 2013

horrible....restaurants like this should be boycotted and forced out of business

6:45PM PDT on Mar 30, 2013

horrible

3:07AM PDT on Mar 30, 2013

This should not be allowed! This is endangered species!!! not burger meat............

10:42PM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

Bizarre. Lions are facing a major decline in their numbers and certainly must be protected.

The state of Illinois is discussing the banning of lion meat for sale.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/08/illinois-lion-meat-act-bi_n_2838100.html


A restaurant in Wichita, Kansas has decided to not to serve lion meat after protests.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/13/chef-jason-febres-removes-lion-petition_n_1774083.html


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may put lions on the endangered species list, there has been some discussion.

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/extinction-countdown/2012/11/27/african-lions-move-closer-endangered-species-act-protection/

http://usgovinfo.about.com/b/2012/12/06/african-lions-stalking-us-protected-species-status.htm

The lion population has faced/still faces major decline and must become a protected species.

8:42PM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

What is wrong with people? Sometimes I think some would eat a human being. Many other countries eat animals we have as pets. That is why I will not buy anything from those countries. What humans do to animals makes me angry. We live in a sick world. Don't people have any kind of compassion and empathy for animals that do not have a voice? The Fallows Farm and any restaurant that would serve lion deserves our abhorrence and wrath. There will always be a low-life' out there trying to make money.

8:26PM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

This needs to end.....it is very wrong.

8:18PM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

oh wow gross.

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