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Arizona Restaurant Bows to Protest, Scraps Lion Tacos

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- An Arizona restaurant that serves exotic fare will forgo a plan to serve lion-meat tacos, citing safety concerns and following threats from angry protestors.

Bryan Mazon, owner of Boca Tacos y Tequila, a Tucson Tex-Mex joint that in the past has served alligator, python, and turtle tacos, announced via Facebook that the restaurant will pull the plug on a planned February promotion to sell tacos made from farm-raised African lions.

"Due to concern for safety of our families, customers, vendors, and friends we will not be selling African Lion Tacos on Feb. 16th, 2011. We will continue to bring unique and creative menu items, but not at the expense of safety," Mazon said.

Mazon planned to served meat from lions raised legally for consumption on a California farm.

He had planned to serve the lion tacos one night only in February for $8.75 a piece.

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Arizona Restaurant to Serve Lion Meat Tacos

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- An Arizona restaurant known for serving tacos made from exotic meats is taking advanced orders for a particularly rare delicacy -- lion meat.

Boca Tacos y Tequila, a Tucson Tex-Mex joint which in the past has served alligator, python and turtle tacos plans to put lion on its menu for one night only in February, provided enough diners interest in chowing down on the big cat.

Since news of the offering hit the Internet Thursday, Bryan Mazon, the restaurant's owner, said he has received hundreds of phone calls, but very few orders.

"I'm getting more calls to tell me to go to hell and drop dead, but there's an interest out there," said Mazon, who said he's received nine orders so far for the tacos, which he plans to sell for $8.75 a piece.

Mazon says he is purchasing the lion meat from a California farm he says raises the animals for meat.

"From what I understand these are all farm raised in the USA for consumption.  We serve exotic meats.  We didn't go looking to serve lion, but it became available to us through a vendor."

According to the World Wildlife Fund, African lions -- unlike tigers -- are not an endangered species and are legally allowed to be raised on farms and sold for meat.´╗┐

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