Lawmaker wants to ban sale of lion meat in Illinois

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A state lawmaker wants to ban the sale of lion meat in Illinois.

Chicago Democrat Luis Arroyo is sponsoring The Lion Meat Act.

Arroyo claims he knows of at least two places in Illinois which sell lion meat but declined to name them.

The proposed law would make it illegal to slaughter lions or sell their meat. Violators could face up to one year in jail and a 2$,500 fine.

It’s legal to sell lion meat in the United States, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing that position.

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  • Todd Pardee

    What’s the big concern Bout lion meat in Illinois? Have they been disappearing from Brookfield and Lincoln Park?

    • Groucho

      That's where I bought mine. It's damn tasty. Enough with the F'in banning everything that insults some whining Lib or other already!

  • weqwe

    totally agree, but serious question: how is this any different than the soda ban in NYC? one includes a revered animal instead of sugar water and isn't violently opposed?

    • Foo

      It's different because society has an interest in protecting resources. The ban on soda wasn't to protect against a limited supply of corn syrup. It was to protect poor people from themselves. Protecting a resource is different than the government deciding for you what is healthy, although both laws would restrict choice.

  • John

    Reasons for banning certain meats goes beyond protecting certain resources. Horses as well as cows receive veterinary care but the horses usually get the "better" drugs because we're not concerned about what is left behind in the meat since we are not going to eat it. When giving drugs to a cow or any animal that we are planning to eat there is great concern about what those drugs will do to us. That concern is not usually there when caring for a lion so I would be very reluctant to eat lion unless it was wild.

  • highdesertslim

    Well, I'm glad the daily shootings in Chicago and the ever-increasing tax increases are no longer problems in Illinois, so this politician can focus on the really pressing issues. No, lion doesn't taste like chicken…more like Ikea horse meatballs. But an hour after eating lion, you just want to go kill a wildebeast and eat again!

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