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After Uproar, Restaurant Yanks Lion-Meat Tacos
Conservation groups not happy given big cats' 'vulnerable' status
By Kevin Spak, Newser User | Suggested by jgmann
Posted May 9, 2013 12:43 PM CDT
This is actually beef. We have no idea what lion meat looks like. (But how different do various meat ever look, honestly?)   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A Tampa taco company has pulled its controversial lion meat tacos off the menu, after getting complaints and even threats from animal lovers, the Tampa Tribune reports. It's probably hard to think of the king of the jungle as "vulnerable," but that's the designation conservation groups give them—and it's just one level above endangered. In a brief note on its website, Taco Fusion said it had listened to customer feedback and decided not to keep selling lion meat. But the eatery isn't exactly repentant. "If you guys are mad now, just wait till you see what we do next," it tells the Tribune.

Taco Fusion sells all manner of exotic meats—bison, shark, ostrich, gazelle, camel, and kangaroo have all graced its menu. The lion tacos sold for $35, and have done well enough to sell out. "It tastes kind of like venison and the texture is like gator," one patron told Fox Tampa. Manager Brad Barnett tells KPLC 7 that the lion came from "approved sources" and was raised for consumption. "It is not like someone (was) pulling up in the back with a truck with a carcass from the Serengetti and saying, 'Hey I got this meat! Do you want to buy it?'"

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May 10, 2013 7:14 PM CDT
i have had it!!!!!!!!!!!! good stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
May 10, 2013 4:15 AM CDT
There was a pizza parlor near me years ago that used to put exotic animal meats on their pizzas. I remember eating alligator & snake pizza, not sure if it was rattlesnake, some kind of snake. Wasn't very good. Give me pepperoni, sausage or beef over alligator or snake on a pizza any day. Although I do remember thinking to myself at the time I was eating that pizza that "Gee, this meat on this pizza tastes a lot like spicy chicken" lol it was overpriced too I remember, because of the exotic meats. A medium pizza back then was like $30. I could have gotten how many Dominoes pepperoni pizzas for that $30 back then? Who knows. Maybe 5 or 6 lol & even Dominoes pepperoni would have tasted better then spicy chicken tasting alligator & snake pizza lol
May 10, 2013 1:02 AM CDT
So it's a big pussy taco? SOme one needs free advertising....