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Celebrate the World Cup With Lion Burgers?
Arizona $21 lion burger raises animal rights ire
By Jane Yager, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2010 9:44 AM CDT
In this photo taken Saturday, April 10, 2010, a lion and lioness lay alongside one another in the Lion and Rhino Reserve near Johannesburg.   (AP Photo Carley Petesch)

(Newser) – If the US beats Algeria today, soccer fans in Phoenix, Arizona, can celebrate with a World Cup-inspired lion burger, served with spicy fries and corn on the cob for the lion-sized price of $21. A Phoenix restaurant is offering the lion burgers in honor of World Cup host nation South Africa, much to the outrage of animal rights activists, who've greeted the burger with a bomb threat and hundreds of angry emails.

Lion meat is legal in the US, and the meat the restaurant is mixing together with beef to make the burgers comes from a lion raised on a free range farm in Illinois. "In Africa they do eat lions, so I assume if it's OK for Africans to eat lions then it should be OK for us," the restaurant's owner tells the Daily Telegraph.

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Jun 23, 2010 5:22 PM CDT
Look if its not endangered or highly intelligent(like dolphins, chimps or humans) that means we can eat it
Jun 23, 2010 1:42 PM CDT
Chinese restaurants have been serving cats for years....
Jun 23, 2010 12:18 PM CDT
I guess this is really a liger.