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.


5 Responses to “Az. Restaurateur Asks: ‘Illegal Immigration is OK,’ But Not Lion Burgers?”

  1. Pete on June 23rd, 2010 1:16 pm

    we suggest you try your lion burger on the medium to well done side, not that the lion will mind too much if you would rather go to the medium to completely rare sideā€¦

  2. republicanblack on June 23rd, 2010 2:41 pm

    At first I was wondering what all the hullabaloo was all about, then when I came across another article which had a legalistic scope to the actual Arizona law, and walked me through it, I changed my mind. I no longer think I support the law, I think every liberty loving American should read the story, check it out

  3. Bettybb on June 23rd, 2010 3:59 pm

    The whole ruckus about the AZ law is just the pro open borders, pro illegal immigration crowd’s attempt to get their way by yelling racism.

    The fact is, the US Supreme Court has already held, in 2005, that local police have the right to ask about immigration status if they have detained someone for another offense. Muehler vs. Mena.

    So it is a totally a non issue. The Supreme Court did not even require probable cause!

  4. Craig on June 24th, 2010 3:42 pm

    Cute, but I’ll pass. There are potential health risks for us to eat other mammilian predators … a higher likelyhood they will pick-up disease and parasites that will more readily pass to us. As long as they were raised well and had a healthy and controlled diet, but still I find an ick factor there.

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