Creepy online threats and nasty looks from diners caused a Tampa eatery to stop serving lion-meat tacos — only a few days after it started featuring the $35-entree!
Taco Fusion owner Ryan Gougeon, whose restaurant specializes in exotic meats, said he’d stop using the big-game specialty after it became too hot to handle.
“Thank you all for the feedback regarding the lion meat promotion at Taco Fusion,” he wrote on the eatery’s website. “Some of you were supportive, some of you were angry. We listened to everyone and decided to no longer carry lion. The lion meat is sold out and we do not plan to carry it again.”
Lions are on the Conservation of Nature’s list of threatened species, which means they are likely to become extinct.
While selling lion meat is illegal throughout the world, however, it’s not in the United States. Here, lions are farmed for meat in small quantities, and like beef, lion meat is USDA-certified!
At Taco Fusion, meanwhile, there is hope for the lion-hearted diners: Reindeer, beaver, otter, antelope, yak, ostrich, rattle snake and bison tacos are staying on the menu.
And the chef is thinking of adding zebra!