When you think about it…why not lion burgers?

Several restaurants in the United States offer exotic meat, such as lion burgers, on their menus.

Several restaurants in the United States offer exotic meat such as lion burgers on their menus.

Every now and again a restaurant decides to offer exotic animal meat, sometimes sold as burgers. There have been lion burgers and kangaroo burgers, among others. Many exotic animals find themselves on the menu as yak steaks or turtle soup.

Why do we become enraged when a lion burger is on the menu but not when a hamburger—or more correctly a cow or steer burger—is on the menu? As long as the animals are being bred for the restaurant trade and not captured in their native lands, what difference does it make if a chef wants to offer exotic, wild game animals on his or her menu? Actually, it makes no difference. Killing a living, breathing, sentient being for our tastes buds is wrong regardless of whether the animal is a wild being or a domesticated creature.

Sausage is still pig flesh, shish kabob is still lamb flesh, and nuggets are still chicken flesh. Instead of eating anyone’s flesh, regardless of how it is labeled, try a vegan/vegetarian approach to life and let others live. Because when you think about it…the question isn’t “Why not lion burgers?” The question really is: Why lion burgers? Why hamburgers? Why pork chops? Why animal meat?

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