Lion meat man
When Anshu Pathak welcomes you into his kingdom, you can count on food being served. It might be wedges of peppery cheddar cheese with romanesco florets and black tahini. It might be beaver curry, barbecued guinea pig, or a wagyu steak as thick as an encyclopedia. The first time I visited his office, in a drab corner of a squat, sunbaked business park 70 miles east of Los Angeles, it was lion burgers. Beef patties shrink as they sizzle on the grill, losing up to a quarter of their weight.SEE VIDEO BY TOPIC: Lion vs Maasai, Amboseli National Park, Safari Kenya 2015
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In America over the past few months, a battle has been raging over big cat burgers. Lion meat, sourced from captive-raised populations in the US, crops up in restaurants every once in a while, and each time it provokes the same response: at one pole, rage about the unsound ethics of eating the 'king of the jungle'; at the other, excitement about quaffing the big cat's flesh.
But when the novelty wears off, two questions live on. Where does the meat come from, and what are its impacts? Even the experts are hard-pressed to answer these. One of the first lion meat cases evolved in , when an Arizona restaurant served up lion meat burgers in honour of the South African football World Cup.
It sparked criticism—and drew in a fresh set of patrons, eager to try the gamey meat. Most recently, lion popped up in some pricey tacos in Florida, and on even pricier meat skewers in California. Various gourmet clubs specifically aimed at daring eaters have also found inspiration in the trend. Currently in Illinois, a state representative is trying to introduce a ban on lion meat in the state—considered a trade hub where lions are sourced, slaughtered, and packaged, according to non-profit animal advocacy group Born Free USA.
It's become a charged issue in the States, with serious threats of violence leveled against restaurant owners. Consequently, people occasionally gloss over the facts.
First, that the sale and consumption of captive-raised lion meat is totally legal in the US. Shelly Burgess, team leader for food, veterinary, and cosmetic products at the US Food and Drug Administration FDA said, "Game meat, including lion meat, can be sold as long as the animal from which it is derived is not on the endangered species list"—and the African cat is not, though conservation groups are currently petitioning for it to be listed there.
The traded meat is not from wild animals, but rather farmed ones—though that term lends the impression that the cats are specifically bred for their meat. Some anecdotal sources suggest this is the case , but what other investigators have found suggests that it's not. Animals could also come from circuses and zoos.
Once lions get old or too unruly for their owners, they're likely shunted on, possibly to facilities that harvest their meat, Allan explained. Lion burgers, stews, and steaks then become the captive animal byproduct. The sale of lion meat also appears currently to be small-scale, and to occur in brief episodes—so experts are cautious about alluding to its impacts.
Those who favour the product advertise these features every time there's an outcry, along with the argument that it's no worse that eating beef or pork. Some even say it's better, since lion meat offers people an alternative to resource-intensive industrial livestock farming. They say that we've "crossed the line" by serving Lion.
But let me ask you this, did you cross the line when you ate Beef, chicken, or Pork this week? I have yet to hear back. The key concern felt by conservationists revolves around regulation.
Lion meat is placed under the game meat banner, and it is managed as such by the Food and Drug Administration, which checks that the food is safe, and that labels aren't misleading. Facilities where animals are slaughtered and processed are also periodically checked, the FDA representative said to me. But there are tens of other products that fall into this game meat bracket, and among them lion appears to be too niche to warrant the heightened inspection that say some it deserves.
That worry was embodied by something that happened in , when a butcher involved in the trade was imprisoned for illegally selling endangered tiger meat labeled as lion instead. He's heard about one farm that supplies the goods, but was not privy to the location—unsurprisingly, he says, in light of the reactive backlash from the public and animals rights groups so far.
Luke Hunter , president of Panthera , the world's leading wildcat conservation organization. So on the question of lion meat regulation in the US, two of the most influential people in wildlife conservation delivered the verbal equivalent of a weary shrug. That's no reflection on their capabilities of course, but rather, suggestive that lion meat is part of a system in which it seems to be worryingly difficult to trace things back.
But there are even more unknowable things. Those worried about the trade say it's tempting fate. He was careful to point out that right now, this is purely a 'what-if' scenario: there is no proof that a lion meat obsession in the US is in any way linked to what happens to wild African lion.
And quite frankly, the amount of lion meat that enthusiastic diners might currently consume is what Hunter called "an absolute drop in the bucket. And that's the linchpin.
Already, African lion in many African countries are experiencing profound threats , in the shape of poaching, human-lion conflict, and habitat encroachment. There's also a market, both legal and illegal, for lion bone used to make supposedly 'healing' bone wine in Asia.
On the legal side alone, bones from hundreds of captive lion carcasses are exported to Asia as a byproduct of canned lion hunting safaris in South Africa, for instance—themselves a murky practice, and something that Patrick Barkham at the Guardian delved into recently. Some Asian countries are an example, where status is equated with rare and exotic fare. In , bones and bone sets were legally exported from South Africa, two-thirds going to Asia for bone wine.
The illegal trade is harder to put numbers on, but it's quite possibly larger. It's not too much of a stretch to say that we can't rule out the prospect of farmed exotic meat spurring an illegal pursuit of the protein in its wilder form.
The link between lion meat in the US and markets elsewhere is currently non-existent, but it's something that conservationists are wary enough to watch. Lions are already deemed exotic, powerful, and iconic—and so they are desired. They don't need another reason to be pursued.
There's the health argument against eating the meat as well, said Hunter, who explains that since lion are top predators, they are aggregators of parasites, and other things that may affect human health. There's also a rebuttal to the argument that eating lion is the same as eating a cow.
Hunter calls that "a red herring of an argument" because farmed lions—no matter how domesticated—are still inextricably linked with populations in the wild, unlike farmed cows, chickens, and pigs. Hunter called for consumers to make informed decisions driven by awareness of the creatures in the wild, instead of just a zeal for exotic tastes.
As the second largest consumer of legal and illegal wildlife behind China, the US is well positioned to take a stand, Allan added. Burgers, meatballs, taco mince, steak, meat strips for stews and skewers: all the ways one can enjoy lion. It's a fad, and it'll blow over: the dip has already begun in the US. But that will last for six months, until another restaurant chances criticism to gain a little attention. Topics Environment World on a plate. Reuse this content.
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In America over the past few months, a battle has been raging over big cat burgers. Lion meat, sourced from captive-raised populations in the US, crops up in restaurants every once in a while, and each time it provokes the same response: at one pole, rage about the unsound ethics of eating the 'king of the jungle'; at the other, excitement about quaffing the big cat's flesh. But when the novelty wears off, two questions live on.
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All rights reserved. A Florida restaurant known for its exotic choices in taco fillings—including beaver and otter—has come under fire for adding lion meat to the menu. The uproar has reportedly spurred the restaurant, Taco Fusion, to pull the controversial filling. Only if lions are given the option of eating human shish kabobs.
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Edgar Rice Burroughs was born on September 1, , in Chicago. His father, George Tyler was a distiller and a battery manufacturer. Early in life Burroughs attempted to support his family in a variety of occupations, including railroad policeman, business partner, and miner.
To support our nonprofit science journalism, please make a tax-deductible gift today. Tooth decay turned this lion in Kenya that Colonel John Patterson killed in into a man-eater. In , two male African lions killed 35 people in the Tsavo region of Kenya. Scientists have long debated why the lions began eating people. The finding might also explain why other lions sometimes turn into human eaters. Lions normally consume a diverse variety of animals, including buffalo, wildebeest, giraffe, zebra, and antelope.
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