Lion, It’s What’s For Dinner


Would you like fries with that? Eat it before it eats you!

Phoenix restaurant, Il Vinaio, serves lion burgers for World Cup despite controversy

Will it leave you roaring for more?

A restaurant near Phoenix is hawking a $21 “lion burger” in celebration of the World Cup — despite the controversy the burger is causing.

Il Vinaio restaurant in downtown Mesa has already received a bomb threat and more than 250 angry e-mails from animal rights groups across the country.

“We thought that since the World Cup was in Africa … that the lion burger might be interesting for some of our more adventurous customers,” said owner Cameron Selogie.

The lions, he added, were raised at a free-range farm in Illinois that is regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“Most of them, when we tell them the facts, that this is farm-raised and it doesn’t hurt the endangered animals, seem pretty reasonable,” Selogie said of the customers.

Il Vinaio ordered 10 pounds of lion meat and mixed it with ground beef. The burger comes with spicy homemade chips and roasted corn on the cob.

The restaurant said it plans to serve 30 burgers by Thursday. Lion meat is uncommon but not illegal, said a spokesman for the Agriculture Department.

See also:
World Cup 2010: US restaurant to serve World Cup lion burgers
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Lion Burger with Fries – Order Up! In Mesa, Arizona
Arizona restaurant serving lion meat burgers
Arizona Restaurant Serves Lion Meat To Mark World Cup
Arizona Restaurant Serves Lion Meat: World Cup Menu Item Draws Protests
Secondhand Lions: Arizona restaurant under fire for exotic World Cup burger
Death Threats For Lion Burger Restaurant
Hunting the lion burger butcher
Turns out there’s something fishy about this lion burger meat
More on that Arizona lion burger
Il Vinaio Restaurant

The “animal rights activists” really need to get over their bad old hypocritical selves. It’s called a food chain and it pays to be at the top of it. Lions are large carnivores, think of all the thousands of poor little feed animals’ lives that these people are saving by eating the lions.

/hmmm, I wonder if they taste like chicken?

One Response

  1. I had an Ostrich burger once,

    Once.

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