Chef Jason Febres at the Taste & See restaurant in Wichita seems confused by all of the commotion over his menu. Febres triggered an international outcry with his announcement that he would be serving up Lion for a special on the menu with kangaroo, alpaca, crocodile and water buffalo. After the restaurant was deluged with objections from animal rights activists, environmentalists, and human beings, Febres withdrew the item saying “We did took a second look … and realized that yes, it can be a little shocking and disturbing for some people.”
Perhaps the second and third look should have occurred immediately after the idea came to him. Febres added “I did felt [sic] touched and didn’t mean to offend anybody so I decided to make it right and substitute the Lion course.”
Here is the most troubling aspect of the story: the dinner was quickly sold out.
Febres insists that this would have been “farm-raised lion meat” and not anything wild. In response to the criticism, he said “It’s just ignorance” and noted that the African lion is not endangered.
If you recall, we discussed the plan of an Arizona restaurant last year to serve lion tacos.
The controversy is a real-life version of the movie “The Freshman” where people would pay a premium price to eat the last of a species.
Here is the question. If you are a meat eater, is there a moral difference between eating a water buffalo or kangaroo and a cow? If you can eat a water buffalo, what is the moral line in not eating a lion raised in captivity?
Kudos: Mark Volker