Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Lion Meat Tacos (You Read That Right) Are the Latest Threat to Conservation

Lion Meat Tacos (You Read That Right) Are the Latest Threat to Conservation: Why do U.S. restaurants keep trying to sell lion meat? This month a Florida restaurant called Taco Fusion put $35 lion tacos on its menu, and a California restaurant called Mokutanya announced $70 lion skewers, its second such promotion in the past year. Public outrage rose up almost immediately, forcing both restaurants to remove the controversial fare from their menus.Taco Fusion and Mokutanya were not isolated cases. "There have been about 10 incidents in the past two years where restaurants have said they were adding lion meat to their menus for a very short time," says Jeffrey Flocken, North American regional director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). "All of them have put it forward in kind of a gimmicky, promotional type way. Each time there have been public outcries. I would call it an extremely dangerous way to drum up business." [More]