By Richard Christian0
Just a month ago, it was reported that Taco Fusion, in Florida, put a $35 meat taco on its menu. Thirty-five bucks for a little Mexican dish is a pretty hefty price, but not necessarily newsworthy. That is, of course, until you discover that the meat inside that taco comes from the king of the jungle.
Public outrage surrounding this new addition forced Taco Fusion to pull the mighty taco from its menu, but that doesn’t mean that lion meat doesn’t exist in an American’s diet. Lion meat is just one of many exotic (and legal) meats that people across the country enjoy.
The U.S. Endangered Species Act does not protect African lions, currently, making them the only big cat species not protected. That means that the trading and selling of lion meat in the U.S. isn’t legal, even if many people find it offensive. In Illinois, Representative Luis Arroyo is trying to push his Lion Meat Act, which would prohibit the slaughtering, possession, breeding, importing, or exporting of lions (and lion meat). This could impact sellers such as Richard Czimer, who owns Czimer’s Game and Sea Foods Inc., in Homer Glen, Illinois. Czimer buys USDA-certified lion meat from time to time and states that Arroyo’s act is trying to dictate what people can and can’t eat.
Czimer points to the data that shows that thousands of cattle are slaughtered daily, versus a much smaller amount of lions (for example, last year, Czimer could only purchase two lions).
Czimer’s cattle observation brings up an interesting point: what is it about eating lion that’s more offensive than eating cow, or deer, or rabbit, or lamb or … you get the idea. When broken down to its most basic form, animal meat is animal meat, regardless of where it came from beforehand. So long as the meat in question does not come from an endangered species, there should be no problem or government interference, right? More....