It's unbelievable that restaurants in the US are allowed to serve lion meat. It's almost impossible to find out where the meat comes from -- it could be imported, from animals in zoos or circuses, or from lions raised on farms in the Midwest -- the people who kill lions and sell them as meat aren't exactly forthcoming ... and they don't have to be because lion meat isn't really regulated by the government.
That's not only bad news for the animals, who could be raised and slaughtered in inhumane conditions, but also for people. The diets and drug use in lions aren't regulated for human consumption, which means lion meat could be dangerous to eat.
Over the summer, I started a petition when I heard about a restaurant in Kansas that was planning a dinner event with meat from lions and other exotic animals. That restaurant listened to us and took lion off the menu, but since then, I've heard of other restaurants in other parts of the country serving lion burgers. This shouldn't be legal.
Right now, the US Fish and Wildlife Department is considering adding lions to the endangered species list. These amazing animals are already considered endangered by several other countries. I've done volunteer work with African lions and recently visited a sanctuary for big cats in the U.S. These majestic animals deserve better than to wind up on someone's plate. They should be protected, not cooked and eaten!
Please join me in asking the USDA to ban the sale of lion meat.
The African lion population is decreasing and it's not just occurring in Africa. In the U.S., lions are being killed so consumers can eat a lion steak or lion burger. We must ensure this beautiful species' survival by sending a clear message to those who sell lion meat that this practice is unacceptable and must be stopped immediately. Your support of this petition is urgently needed and very much appreciated. Let's do our part to ensure that the African lion is around for future generations. Please say no to lion meat, lion parts, trophy hunting, and any another activities that needlessly decimate the lion population.
The African lion - one of Africa's most iconic animals - has experienced an alarming population decrease since the 1950's. Today there are only 18,000 - 20,000 lions remaining in Africa and the actual number may be much lower.
The sale of this endangered animals's meat is highly irresponsible and must stop.
African Lion Facts:
The lion has vanished from over 80% of its historic range.
The lion is now extinct in 26 countries and can be found in only 7 countries.
Lions are currently listed as "Vulnerable" on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species; and in West and Central Africa, the species is now classified as "Endangered."
To view a map of the lion's current range versus historic range, see http://www.panthera.org/species/lion/