Mane course

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

Re: June 26 ar­ti­cle “World Cup-in­spired lion burg­ers? An­i­mal rights ac­tivists not game.”

I was shocked to hear that lion burg­ers are be­ing served at a res­tau­rant in Ari­zona. I was even more up­set to hear that this isn’t some­thing new or out of the or­di­nary. That this meat is con­sid­ered game meat and so eas­ily ob­tain­able is hard to be­lieve since lions in Africa are a vul­ner­a­ble species with only about 20,000 left. If we do noth­ing, they might be ex­tinct by 2020.

By ban­ning the breed­ing of big cats in the pri­vate sec­tor, it would make it im­pos­si­ble for U.S. deal­ers to ac­quire and sell this meat. Nei­ther the USDA nor the FDA has the man­power to in­spect, reg­u­late and en­sure the qual­ity or ori­gin of this food source. Robin Dougherty

Austin Kate Barnes, of tempe, ariz., tasted a lion meat burger last week at il Vi­naio res­tau­rant in Mesa, ariz. il Vi­naio owner Cameron sel­o­gie was try­ing to honor the World Cup soc­cer tour­na­ment and drum up busi­ness, but he got a whole lot more at­ten­tion than he hoped, some of it un­friendly, for serv­ing burg­ers made with African lion.

Matt York

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