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Exotic menu with lion has people in uproar

A Wichita, Kansas restaurant that has an exotic menu in the works, with meats like kangaroo and lion, has people in an uproar.

The menu has led some people to start a petition, and even post threats on Facebook.
 
Jason Febres, the chef at Taste and See wanted the menu for an upcoming event to showcase something different and something special. “A special dining experience for people to just try something else that they haven’t had the chance to eat.”

He wasn’t expecting the kind of vitriol he and the Taste and See restaurant received.

“If I knew that was going to happen I definitely would have not done it, I think so,” he said.

The menu:

Scottish hare
Australian crocodile
Indian alpaca
Kangaroo
Antelope
Lion
Foie Gras–a fattened goose liver that is illegal in the state of California

“For me it was very shocking in the beginning I have to say I’m an animal lover but it was very different, but we did our research,” said Febres.

Many people took to Facebook to complain, mostly about the serving of lion.

Jay wrote “you seem to have no respect for the species.”

Alexandra posted, “I absolutely adore adventurous culinary experiences, but not in this way.”

“We have done everything possible to talk to them to reach them to be receptive,” said Febres.

The menu item is even receiving national attention from animal rights groups.

“We don’t know where these animals are coming from, they could be from the wild they could be from captive situations in the us,” Adam Roberts, with the group Born Free U.S., said.  

The management and the chef of Taste and See says the lion meat came from a farm in the U.S., and lions are not on the endangered species list, so they say serving it is not illegal.

“It took us awhile to actually decide on it but we went based on the facts is what weA Wichita restaurant that has an exotic menu in the works, with meats like kangaroo and lion, has people in an uproar.

The menu has led some people to start a petition, and even post threats on Facebook.
 
Jason Febres, the chef at Taste and See wanted the menu for an upcoming event to showcase something different and something special. “A special dining experience for people to just try something else that they haven’t had the chance to eat.”

He wasn’t expecting the kind of vitriol he and the Taste and See restaurant received.

“If I knew that was going to happen I definitely would have not done it, I think so,” he said.

The menu:
Scottish hare
Australian crocodile
Indian alpaca
Kangaroo
Antelope
Lion
Foie Gras–a fattened goose liver that is illegal in the state of California

“For me it was very shocking in the beginning I have to say I’m an animal lover but it was very different, but we did our research,” said Febres.

Many people took to Facebook to complain, mostly about the serving of lion.

Jay wrote “you seem to have no respect for the species.”

Alexandra posted, “I absolutely adore adventurous culinary experiences, but not in this way.”

“We have done everything possible to talk to them to reach them to be receptive,” said Febres.

The menu item is even receiving national attention from animal rights groups.

“We don’t know where these animals are coming from, they could be from the wild they could be from captive situations in the us,” Adam Roberts, with the group Born Free U.S., said.  

The management and the chef of Taste and See says the lion meat came from a farm in the U.S., and lions are not on the endangered species list, so they say serving it is not illegal.

“It took us awhile to actually decide on it but we went based on the facts is what we pretty much did, it’s not like we just came up and said we want to do this specifically, not at all,” said Febres.

None of the other animals on the menu is on the endangered species list.

The restaurant says it will not cancel the one-time event in light of the controversy, but it does plan to hold a vegan night in response.

pretty much did, it’s not like we just came up and said we want to do this specifically, not at all,” said Febres.

None of the other animals on the menu is on the endangered species list.

The restaurant says it will not cancel the one-time event in light of the controversy, but it does plan to hold a vegan night in response.

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