Illinois Lawmaker Wants To Ban Lion Meat To Save The Species
10th July 2014
Animal activists are concerned that America’s palette for lion meat could eventually lead to poaching in Africa, where 50 percent of lions have disappeared over the last two decades. Currently listed as vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), it is not yet illegal to trade in lion parts. However, the US Fish and Wildlife Service is currently considering a plan to add the species to their endangered list.
Meanwhile, Born Free’s Executive Vice President Adam Roberts discovered that Illinois is at the center of America’s supply of lion meat. NPR quotes Gastronomica, which reported in 2012 that U.S. retailers that sell lion meat, including ExoticMeatMarket.com, claim to purchase their meat from a USDA-inspected lion farm outside Chicago. By arresting the supply chain in his own state, Arroyo hopes to kill the demand. Sadly, many conservationists believe that an outright ban on any illicit trade – whether its rhino horn, elephant ivory or meat of endangered species – actually has the opposite outcome.
Via the source NPR
Did you know? An Arizona restaurant sold lion meat burgers in 2010 in an attempt to drum up business during the World Cup soccer tournament held in South Africa (see featured photo).