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Arizona eatery takes "lion tacos" off the menu after public outrage

01/28/11

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From an AP story: An Arizona restaurant has decided to scrap plans to offer African lion meat in its tacos.

Bryan Mazon, the owner of Boca Tacos and Tequila, said Monday that his Tucson eatery has received "many threats" against the restaurant, family members, customers and vendors since he announced last week that he was taking prepaid orders for the exotic tacos.

Boca planned to start serving the lion tacos Feb. 16 at a cost of $8.75 apiece.

Mazon says his restaurant received orders from people around the world. The eatery already has served up python, alligator, elk, kangaroo, rattlesnake, oysters, turtle, duck and frog legs in its tacos.

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The restaurnteur's plan was to used African lion raised in captivity in California for his "lion tacos." Now that this stupid idea has been shelved, let's look at why lion meat causes indignation and death threats, but killing cows, pigs and chicken for meat is no big deal.

Why is that?

Is it because we figure cows and chickens are stupid, and there are a lot of them?  So who cares?

Are lions more intelligent, or more "noble," or more what than other animals?

Why is the idea Simba Tacos repugnant to many, while Babe bacon is just fine?


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