Az. Restaurateur Asks: ‘Illegal Immigration is OK,’ But Not Lion Burgers?
June 23, 2010
(ChattahBox)—The conservative border state of Arizona is in the news lately for all the wrong reasons. Now, a Mesa restaurant owner is under fire for serving lion burgers to celebrate the World Cup soccer games in South Africa. Animal rights activists plan to picket the Il Vinaio wine bistro for serving up a threatened African species on its menu and the restaurant has received bomb threats. But owner Cameron Selogie is standing firm with his controversial menu selection, tying it to the state’s harsh anti-immigration law, defiantly posting on Facebook, “Illegal Immigration is ok? But eating Legal Food is Bad? Does anyone see a problem or pattern here?”
Since, it’s not illegal to consume lion meat in the U.S. and the lion burgers are made from lions raised on a farm in the Midwest, Il Vinaio owner Cameron Selogie sees nothing wrong with offering lion burgers.
What a way to honor South Africa, the World Cup host country, by eating the majestic King of the Jungle, threatened by extinction.
“In Africa, they do eat lions. So I assume if it’s ok for Africans to eat lion then it should be ok for us,” reasons Selogie.
And he has continued to push back against criticism on the restaurant’s Facebook page, denouncing animal rights activists and bringing the state’s handling of illegal immigrants into the mix:
“il Vinaio To celebrate World Cup in S. Africa we’re serving Lion Burgers @ilvinaio this weekend! Don’t miss your opportunity to taste real African Lion, while supplies last!”
“il Vinaio African Lion Burgers paired with Glen Carlou Grand Classique Bordeaux from South Africa!”
“il Vinaio Had bomb threats and direct threats to our chef. Seems animal activists favor animals over humans. I’ve known that for awhile. Ex-girlfriend once told me if there was an animal and a baby in a burning building, she would save the animal…thanks to all our fans who support us. To our protestors thank you for standing u…p for what you believe in. In the words of Rodney King, “why can’t we all just get along?”‘
“il Vinaio We needed a guard for all the protestors (sic) coming Wednesday and Thursday.”
Despite the controversy, Selogie plans to serve the lion burgers on Wednesday and Thursday, accompanied with spicy homemade chips and corn on the cob, for $21.
Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/Miroslav Duchacek/Two young male lions in Africa.