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Restaurant Receives Backlash (And Bomb Threats) For Serving Lion Burgers In Honor Of The World Cup!

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WTF?

In honor of South Africa hosting the world cup, a restaurant in Arizona has been serving a lion burger, which is rightfully causing quite a bit of backlash from animal rights activists!

Apparently, the meat being used is from an actual lion friend raised at a free range farm in Illinois, and although it's uncommon to eat that kind of meat, it's not illegal.

The owner of the restaurant in question, Il Vinaio, Cameron Selogie, says:

"In Africa they do eat lions, so I assume if it's OK for Africans to eat lions then it should be OK for us. We thought that since the World Cup was in Africa that the lion burger might be interesting for some of our more adventurous customers. Most of them, when we tell them the facts, that this is farm raised and it doesn't hurt the endangered animals, seem pretty reasonable."

The restaurant has been inundated with angry e-mails, and even a bomb threat!

Personally, we think serving cooked lion just to honor a sport takes it a lot little too far! We bet that poor lion friend had a nice life on his farm in Illinois!

What do U think?? Should restaurants be serving lion burgers??

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224 comments to “Restaurant Receives Backlash (And Bomb Threats) For Serving Lion Burgers In Honor Of The World Cup!”

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  1. 201

    Right, but in AFRICA, THEY LACK CLEAN WATER, RESOURCES, INFRASTRUCTURE. SHOULD WE DO THAT TOO?



  2. 202

    I love how the pic has a lion holding St. George's Cross in it!

    Go England!!!



  3. 203

    ugh i mean i see the logic, but that's awful. i don't eat pork because i don't think we should eat intelligent animals. lions are pretty smart, and pigs are smarter than dogs! look it up…

  4. choke says – reply to this


    204

    people really aren't getting the point here..a lion is an endangerd species..regardless of how much smarter one animal is compared to another..the point is a lion is endangered..I though we were supposed to protect endangered species?..guess not..this world has no hope.



  5. 205

    NO :/



  6. 206

    Re: musicfanatic1 – "Ostrich and alligators are usually specialty dishes eaten in high priced restaurants"

    Where you live maybe. Here you can buy Ostrich meat at the freakin' supermarket. I don't think it's a particulary smart move by Selogie, but the threat is more sickening than eating a lion. A lion isn't more intelligent or in any way better than a horse or a pig, what the hell are some people here talking about?! Someone even said that if you eat a lion you might as well eat a human being.. are you mental? Humans are humans, lions/pigs/horses/cows are animals. None of them come even close to human beings, that's why we call all of them animals ffs.



  7. 207

    Also love the fact that so many people talk about Africa like it's just one country, mentioning lack of clean water or bad roads… Ever been in South-Africa? Egypt, Morocco? Great holiday destinations, 5 star-hotels and all-inclusive resorts.



  8. 208

    Re: choke – These lions are not on the endangered species list, only the Asiatic lion that can be found in India is.

  9. choke says – reply to this


    209

    Unfortunately if you google african lions some sites say endangered and some say threatened species. Sad.. either way they are slowly diminishing.



  10. 210

    Of course this is awful. But Perez, why do you feel so entitled to pick and choose which animals should die for our consumption and which shouldn't? Aren't you some avid chorizo fan? How do you justify one and not the other?



  11. 211

    Re: Kiroux – YOU NEED TO LEARN THAT NOT ALL YOUR PRECONCEIVED NOTIONS ABOUT AMERICANS ARE CORRECT! ALL YOU ARE DOING IS SHOWING YOUR IGNORANCE BY LUMPING ALL AMERICANS IN THE SAME CATEGORY BECAUSE A HANDFUL OF THEM ARE QUITE MISINFORMED ABOUT THIS SUBJECT. SHUT THE FUCK UP WITH THE GENERALIZATIONS AND EDUCATE YOURSELF. NOT ALL AMERICANS ARE IGNORANT LIKE SOME OF THE PEOPLE IN THIS FORUM.



  12. 212

    Bah, who cares. In Japan they eat from sea lions to crocodiles.
    If its raised in a farm and controlled raised like any other farm animal, its just fine.



  13. 213

    It's an endanger animal. Why have a Lion farm in America? Where do they roam around and hunt? It's not a common source of meat for Americans. Deliever them back to Africa, so they can learn to be in the wild and increase the population.



  14. 214

    Oh and I've been to Tanzania, East Africa and ate at a few resturants none had Lion on the menu.

  15. Corra says – reply to this


    215

    Ok, I'm South African, lived here all my life and I have never ever ever ever ever (cant's seem to add enough "ever's") seen "lion burger" (made with actual lion meat) on ANY menu!! And that goes for the other countries i've visited in Africa as well. This is ridicilous! I assume the owner of the restaurant also thinks we have wild animals walking around in the roads…?



  16. 216

    Re: bleahf – You brought up Japan, which made me think - I wish I'd seen this much outrage over the slaughter and consumption of tens of thousands of porpoise and dolphins each year. That meat is sold under the guise of being a different animal (minimally I will say that in Perez's instance, they admitted to them being lion burgers). Throw some of this energy at the dolphins/Japanese too. See The Cove, if you can sit through it, try to help!



  17. 217

    Re: louli – YES - saw your post after I did mine. I'm not sure what the equivalent of "penny wise, pound foolish is for this situation," but it applies… If we must BOMB something over this (wtf??), there are better places for that energy to be used.



  18. 218

    Re: choke – Why visit several sites? All you need is the IUCN Red List. This lion, panthera leo, is not endangered. Besides, these lions were farm-raised, they don't count towards the number of lions out in the wild, eating these lions will not decrease the number at all.

  19. choke says – reply to this


    219

    They are still on the verge of endangerment it says threatened and vunerable on that site. it's not like there is an over population of them. I guess we all have our different views on this subject. Its not like we can stop it anyways it already happend. I can only say for me its a heartless act and I don't think farm raised lions is helping the population in anyway either..if all of them were in the wild there might be more lions never know. It really takes a "special" person to farm raise lions for meat and who knows what else..



  20. 220

    Re: choke – I'm sad to say there is the "Big Five" - Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Cape Buffalo… probably that's what your friend is working on… I say he should do it without artificial weapons, and see who wins. He should start with the Cape Buffalo - that'd be the end of him right there… Who the heck comes up with these "goals???"



  21. 221

    With the wide array of meats and vegetables this is certainly ridiculous. The reason they eat lion in Africa is because of access to the lion. A boy becomes a man in Africa when he hunts down his first lion.



  22. 222

    Re: Lady In Black – I suggest you research before making comments such as "lions are not endangered." You do not seem to even understand the use of the term "endangered." The International Union for Conservation of Nature defines an endangered species as "a population of organisms which is at risk of becoming extinct because it is either few in numbers, or threatened by changing environmental or predation parameter." They produce a Conservation Status List,. where they define which endangered species is between critically endangered and vulnerable. LIONS ARE LISTED AS VULNERABLE, the category a hair away from endangered. The point is, LIONS ARE ENDANGERED.



  23. 223

    Seriously, to all who write in of the hippocracy of those objecting to eating lion while eating cows, pigs, chickens, etc, HELLO, ANY OF YOU HEAR OF ETHICS? The dictionary defines ethics as the study of standards of conduct and moral judgment; moral philosophy, a treatise on this study the system or code of morals of a particular person, religion, group, profession, etc. Ethics, you know, morals, the things that help you decide right from wrong???



  24. 224

    Fuck vegans and vegetarians that bitch about people eating meat. I'm all about sharing the planet with the other animals and singing fuckung kumbaya under the stars with all the little critters around me but I will still eat meat. Humans are omnivores despite what the PETA manual has told them. We, as humans, have eaten meat for as far back as science can tell. If we were never supposed to eat meat, we would not be eating meat now. We are predators just like lions, hawks, sharks. We eat other animals. Are you going to try and tell a lion to eat a salad instead? Does that even make sense? I don't think so.

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