(…about those who seem to think lion meat…has an exotic edible index)

In our recent issue about “sport” hunting for big game in Africa, and the death of Cecil, a protected lion in Zimbabwe, we recycled the previously used picture of one. We don’t think it is Cecil, but, it does have the same regal magnificence, and close resemblance to him thus worthy of iconic use.

The attached is a lion-related item from our archives of 2013…about those who seem to think that lion meat…has an exotic edible index. We’re publishing it here again to further re-emphasize the weird and twisted ways some humans look upon the inhabitants of the animal kingdom. Killing wild creatures just for sport is abominable enough, but killing them because their parts and flesh might be some kind of exotic fare, is even more so.

We’ve never heard if the State of Illinois followed through with its ban on trafficking in lion meat. We hope they did…although we’re not sure how effective or pertinent such a ban might be, since we don’t know of too many Americans who would have both the craving for and the means…to pay for such an “exotic “gastronomic experience.

If such fools do exist…we’re surprised they aren’t exploring the edible index of…human flesh. Apparently they never heard of Hannibal Lecter…of TV fame.





Vol. VIII – Issue No.27 – Mar 2013

LION-A-LA-CARTE (…more exotic eats for upwardly mobile gastronomes…)

A curious news snippet caught our attention the other day. Some members of the Illinois State Legislature are seeking to ban the sale and marketing of lion meat in that state. Apparently because they are concerned about a growing demand for it as more exotic eats for upwardly mobile gastronomes.

Yes, it seems that Lion-a-la-Carte is now the latest exotic meat being promoted for those having the desire, and the means, to indulge in this kind of odd-ball fare.

Why any of that should be of concern to Illinois legislators is not clear. After all, we’re not aware of large numbers of free-roaming African lions across America, or, being ranch-bred for such consumption purposes. What these concerns suggest, however, is that there is some kind of lion meat trafficking going on back there in Illinois, and why that should be so, is also unclear.

Beyond a sense of symbolism, that is, eating lion meat to absorb that king of beasts’ majestic power attributes, etc., it’s hard to fathom why anyone would consider dining on its flesh. Magnificent as it may be, it’s a…cat…a humongous one to be sure but still…just a cat! Of course feline fanciers might bridle at such a bigoted and discriminatory view by pointing out that, if it’s okay for some folks to eat –dog- it should be just as okay for some to eat – cat- ., and that would be as politically correct as ever…we suppose.

Well, to be perfectly honest about this, we’ve sampled our share of exotic eats in our day, mostly by happenstance rather than from carnivorous intent… early childhood in France had us eating various products (charcuterie) made from horse meat. Not from any old nag, but from specially bred and raised horses, much like beef animals, for meat. Back here in the States, during WWII, because of strict meat rationing, we were occasionally able to get whale steaks from Nova Scotia (not being beef these were not rationed). They were surprisingly quite tasty and tender. After the war, from the marshlands of our Eastern Shore property on the Chesapeake Bay, we had –Terrapin turtle- but since these were much in demand, and bringing a pretty penny from the commercial buyers of these, it was only for the occasional…soup.

Then Army service exposed us to other edibles. A Cajun friend once cooked us up some – Alligator – tail meat, caught back in his home bayou country. Later, while at Ft. Rucker, Alabama, we hunted for big timber rattlers out in its piney woods, and, occasionally, experimenting dining on some plump – Rattle Snake –strips (not often, because they were worth more to us alive…sold to a local gentleman who priced them based on size/weight, venom volume potential (for anti-venom pharmaceuticals), and quality of their skins.

Much later, way off in Southeast Asia, up in the wild highlands of Laos, as visiting guests among some of its hill tribes there, we had to sample their staple meat protein of – Dog-, a specially bred and raised small, black, plump, and hairless species for that purpose. And on one rare occasion, after they had had a successful wild elephant hunt, we were given some fire-roasted chunks of its flesh. On both occasions we happily consumed those offerings without much of a problem…most likely because these were washed down with generous, very generous, cupfulls of their home-brewed rice wine (very much akin to our good old American mountain dew white lightening).

Lastly, when we were later working in Saudi Arabia, besides the usual goat meat offerings there, our favorite snack was –Camel meat- shwarma, thinly sliced off from a vertically rotating spit, onto a crusty bun, generously drenched over with the drippings. Truly a carnivore’s delight!

But throughout all those gastronomic adventures and experiences we never, ever, encountered any kind of – cat- offerings… of either house or jungle sized ones. We suspect that’s because perhaps any rack or loin of cat…just doesn’t meet the minimum standards for any kind of edibility index…even for that of a cannibal.



1. Lion meat is not currently illegal in any of our 50 states. 2. The FDA has no regulations either for or against it. 3. There’s no current system in place to track its origins

(extracted from an article in a recent issue of –The Epoch Times – )