I came upon this article and just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share. If I owned a restaurant, personally I do not, I would be concerned about where the food I was serving to my patrons was coming from. I think this would be a significant concern if I were serving something such as lion burgers! Not sure if this would be a big seller anyway and for an Arizona restaurant owner it is causing quite the stir. The restaurant, Il Vinaio, thought it would be a different promotion to serve African lion meat burgers as a nod to the FIFA World Cup currently going on in South Africa. What he didn’t expect was the outcry of animal activists claiming this to be an issue.

All of the media brought on the idea to investigate where one might find African lion meat. What it boiled down to was a butcher shop in Illinois that sells exotic game meat. Something I found particularly interesting was that the owner had no qualms about selling the meat but felt he didn’t need to ask questions about how his provider came upon the animals. He just knew that the provider obtained the animals for their hides and that he purchased the meat as a byproduct. As a patron of many restaurants and a server, I find that a little disturbing. Then again, as the article sites from the owner of the butcher shop, "Do you question where chickens come from when you go to Brown's Chicken or Boston Market?". Hmmmm, maybe we should? One of the big concerns was whether or not the meat was USDA approved. Apparently the USDA does not inspect lions bred for meat , but the FDA does. Lion meat, as well as camel and tiger for example, are legal to consume….who knew! All in all, I don’t know about you but I think I may be a little more apprehensive, even squeamish about trying something exotic from now on!

This can all be tied into how your business manages its procurement. No matter what industry you are in it is important to know what you are buying, where you are buying it from, and if you are getting the best deal possible. For more information on how to manage your procurement services visit, http://www.sourceoneinc.com/.

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Jennifer Ulrich

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  1. Okay - I think I'll become a vegitarian - maybe not- Lord only knows what they use for fertilzer. Dieting just became a good thing!!!!!

  2. Squemish about trying lion meat, how about squemish about trying anything in the restauraunt. I think there is a reason why you can't see into the kitchen while they prepare your meal.

  3. Squemish about lion burgers! You should be squemish about anything you eat in a restaraunt. There is a reason why you can't see into the kitchen while they prepare your meal.