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Tampa Restaurant Decides to Remove Lion Meat Taco from Menu After Backlash

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Lion meat sold at a Mexican restaurant in Tampa, Fla. has many angry, resulting in the restaurant removing it from its menu.

Taco Fusion is a Mexican restaurant that is known for offering unusual game meats like ostrich, camel and bison. It added lion meat to its "Safari Tacos" menu on May 2, but now that they have run out, they decided not to offer it any longer.

They received intense backlash, even death threats.

"[People have been] coming into the establishment and throwing punches," restaurant manager Brad Barnett said. "They say they are going to bomb us, burn us down, blow us up."

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"They threatened to kidnap Brad and the owner," another manager, Bayardo Alvarez said.

While the animal is on the verge of becoming extinct, it is still legal to sell its meat in the United States.

Because lions are endangered, they are pricey to eat. It cost $34.99 a taco, while kangaroo and ostrich tacos cost $13.99.

They defended their use of lion meat in a recent post on their website.

"Who decides which animals are worthy? If the argument is that a lion is 'majestic' so you shouldn't breed them for meat consumption - then what is the lesson here? That only the majestic pretty girls get treated well and the ugly ones go to the slaughter pen? How pompous and idiotic does that sound?" they wrote.

"You can't call for diversity, freedom, and choice - and then in the same token turn around and demand censorship, new laws, arrests and business be shut down because you don't agree with what someone else is LEGALLY doing. This isn't Cuba; This isn't North Korea; This isn't Stalinist Russia; Just remember: this is America, baby."

A few days later, they announced they were going to stop selling the meat.

"Thank you for all the feedback regarding the lion meat promotion at Taco Fusion. Some of you were supportive, some of you were angry. We listened to everyone and decided to no longer carry lion," they said. "The lion meat is sold out and we do not plan to carry it again. Thank you all for your feedback."

Sources: ABC News, ABC Local