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So, the following story broke last week when a restaurant in Arizona announced that it would soon serve lion meat, and then backed down when the threats came out (read the story below).

An Arizona restaurant has decided to scrap plans to offer African lion meat in its tacos.

(via Threats keep Arizona eatery’s lion tacos off menu – Yahoo! News. )

Here’s my question:  What meat should we NOT eat?

Different cultures eat different things, that much is a given.  Just today I posted a simple question on our Facebook page ( http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/999-KTDY/80888829286 ) about what people put in their grits.  In the South (for the most part), people put salt/pepper/butter;  farther up North its  sugar in the grits.  When you cross borders, whether they be cultural or physical, people are different.

Before I get into the ‘meat and potatoes’ of this blog, let me start with a disclaimer:  I understand that people who are vegetarians or vegans do so for health reasons and/or because of their love for animals or their membership in the societies that prevent cruelty to animals.  I understand that.  I am against animal cruelty.  I also feel that one of the cruel things that you can do to animals is upset their food chain.  With that being said, here we go:

Think of how much beef we eat here in the U.S.:  tons.  Daily.  In India?  The cow is sacred.  Here, dogs are our pets;  in some countries they are literally ‘dinner’.  Should we really be in an uproar about a restaurant serving lion?

Think about this:  when visitors come to Louisiana, what do you think goes through their minds when we boil up a big batch of crawfish, or fry up some frog legs?  The mere thought causes some to become physically ill.

Humans eat.  We eat fruits, vegetables, starches and meat, among other things.  Whether its beef, pork, lion, horse or nutria, meat is meat, n’est-ce pas?

What is the big deal about eating lion?  Is it because they are endangered?  If lions are raised for the specific purpose of being used as food, how does that affect the ‘endangered’ status?  I am hoping that this blog is the beginning of some intelligent discussion on the matter!

(You can comment below, I would love to hear from you!)

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