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

(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.

In this photo taken Saturday, April 10, 2010, a lion and lioness lay alongside one another in the Lion and Rhino Reserve near Johannesburg.
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)
A lion yawns at the Akron Zoo in Akron, Ohio on Monday, April 26, 2010.
A lion yawns at the Akron Zoo in Akron, Ohio on Monday, April 26, 2010.   (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
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