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What's For Dinner? Restaurant Serving African Lion Meat

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Alright folks, get ready for some rather disturbing news that may make your fur stand on end.

Boca Tacos y Tequila, a Tucson taco restaurant, has a pretty poor reputation when it comes to green offerings, and that’s because they pride themselves on serving up exotic cuts of meat, including python, alligator, elk, kangaroo (no!!), rattlesnake, and turtle.

But starting Feb. 16, they’ll be offering a new animal du jour:  African lion tacos.

Owner Bryan Mazon started “exotic taco night” to drum up business, and serving lion is his latest maneuver to try and wrangle in customers. Horrifically enough it’s actually working, and orders have already been placed for lion night.

“I’m doing the African lion to get my name out,” Mazon stated. “I’ve never tried it myself, but this one really caught my eye.”

Okay, so that’s awful, but it actually gets worse: Lion meat in the US typically comes from lions who were former “pets” and have spent their lives in captivity at zoos, “sanctuaries,” circuses, and backyard cages. So, essentially, when the novelty of owning an exotic cat wears off, or when zoos need to make room for new babies, lions are sold at auction where they can be purchased for slaughter.

In response Patrick Webb, the president of the National Wildlife Humane Society, wrote a letter begging Mazon to reconsider.

“I am a very calm and logical person and make no knee jerk judgments on people,” he wrote. “I realize this is a publicity effort, and will not result in profitability in serving lion, but sometimes no amount of publicity is worth the potential negative effects on vulnerable species.”

Unfortunately, Mazon is getting publicity so in the end his goal has come to fruition.

But if this story made your claws come out the same way ours did, there are ways to fight against this— like joining the Facebook group to stop Boca Tacos y Tequila from serving lion meat, or going to the official Boca Facebook page and speaking to the people in charge.

What do you all think about this?

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