Lions Belong in Jungles, Not Tacos

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A Tucson, Arizona, restaurant owner has decided that the best way to drum up business for his taco stand is to serve lion meat. Hasn’t he ever heard of coupons? About six months ago, Bryan Mazon, owner of Boca Tacos y Tequila, started featuring what he calls Exotic Taco Wednesdays, during which he serves up turtle, kangaroo, alligator, python, and other exotic animals. Now, in a move that we’re pretty sure would make Mufasa toss him right off of Pride Rock, Mazon wants to serve tacos made with lion meat.

As appalling as this idea is, it gets worse: Those tacos may include someone’s former “pet.” Lion meat in the U.S. comes from lions who have spent their lives in backyard cages, zoos, pseudo-sanctuaries, roadside menageries, and circuses. When the novelty of keeping them wears off or when zoos need to make room for cute new babies, lions are sold at auction, where they may be purchased by slaughterhouses or canned hunting ranches

Mazon says he has heard from protesters and people who want to know if serving meat from exotic animals is legal. (Unfortunately, it is, if the species in question isn’t endangered.) “In all reality, what I want is just people to know that I’m here,” he said. “That’s the way to do it.” Really? Funny, because I bet loads more people have heard of yummy and meat-free Boca burgers than have heard of you. Hmmm.

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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