Lion Meat: It's What's for Lunch

the lion kingLately, abnormal food news has been as plentiful as mass animal deaths. First, we heard about horse as a dinner entree. It's not exactly every day you think about grilling up some stallion. Then, we learned all about donkey milk and its growing popularity (it even comes in chocolate, too!).

So what could be next? I kid you not, a certain Tucson restaurant is scheduled to saute up some African lion meat in February.

Mmmmmm, Simba.


Boca Tacos y Tequila will serve up the meat for $8.75, in a taco.

Wait, really? A taco? Couldn't you do a little better than that? The lion is all powerful. It's strong, mighty, and the king of the jungle. And this Mexican restaurant wants to pair it with a little bit of mild salsa, some fresh cilantro and call it a day?

OK, so we can get over the obvious poor choice of preparation. And after hearing about other food trends, you may not even be the least bit shocked that lion meat is making it to the cook's line. Because let's be serious: What wild beasts aren't us non-tribal sorts eating these days?

According to the Food and Drug Administration, lion meat is completely fair game. As long as the species isn't endangered -- there's no regulation whatsoever about putting it on the menu. So that means we can look forward to tasting hedgehog, giraffe, baboon, aardvark, and cheetah in a local shop sometime soon, right?

There's something to be said for being a food connoisseur and trying new things. It's fun to be adventurous and flirt with new flavors. But when does the adventurous chef and cutting edge restaurateur become someone who's just killing new animals to make a name for themself? Why can't we just get a little bit friendlier with the spice rack?

Maybe I'm a bit sheltered and just used to what I know. I love meat, I do. And unfortunately in today's food culture -- cows, pigs, and the like are raised specifically for consumption. These other animals, however, aren't. And continuing to hunt them down to create "delicacies" won't leave off the endangered species list for long.

Lion. OK. But please, at least stay away from mice. I can't bear to think of Mickey a la vodka.

What do you think about lion tacos?

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