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Wichita restaurant's plans to serve lion meat cause uproar


As we continue to get lots of ballots in our Best of Lawrence contest, one category we didn't have was Best Place to Eat Lion. In Wichita, that place is Taste & See, a Latin-fusion joint that is offering an exotic, $160-per-person eight-course dinner later this month featuring a zoo of meats.

There's Scottish wild hare; alpaca from India; Aussie crocodile; water buffalo from Africa; kangaroo loin; African antelope, and the reason you're reading this, African lion.

It's like an alternate ending to a snuff-film version of "Madagascar." And, not surprisingly, Chef Jason Febres is taking some heat.

A Change.org petition calling for Febres and Taste & See to cancel the dinner has garnered more than 3,800 signatures. The restaurant was forced to take down its Facebook page after it was inundated with angry comments.

The petition claims eating lion meat is wrong - though not illegal - and a health risk. It complains the restaurant won't share where the lions are coming from. Febres says they're from a farm in the U.S.

Febres told local media that had he known there would be such backlash, he wouldn't have proposed the dinner.

"It's a special dining experience for people," Febres told KWCH. "For people to just try something else that they haven't had a chance to eat."


Fossick 5 years, 5 months ago

Om nom nom. He should have known there would be a backlash, after all, we Americans have very strong opinions about what other people should be allowed to eat.

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 5 months ago

Lion meat, however, is not particularly healthy. Lions are strict carnivores at the top of the food chain; their meat contains concentrated levels of toxins and toxic proteins that have been absorbed by all of the animals along their dietary food chain.

You can buy lion meat in the form of shoulder roasts, tenderloin and other steaks, ground, and ribs. The meat is very pale and soft, but with almost no intramuscular fat it cooks up tough and dry. It purportedly tastes like pork with an added tang. It is definitely not kosher.

Lions generally come to the market from circuses and zoos. When the animals are too old to breed or show, they can be slaughtered for fur and meat.


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