Bowing to many protest and perhaps some personal threats of harm as well, an Arizona restaurant operated by Bryan Mazon, owner of Boca Tacos y Tequila, a Tucson Tex-Mex that serves exotic fare will forgo a plan to serve lion-meat tacos, citing safety concerns and following threats from angry protestors. Mazon had planned to purchase the lion meat from a California farm he said raises the animals for meat. Mazon planned to serve meat from lions raised legally for consumption on a California farm. 
In the past, this restaurant on Speedway has served various menus of items that were advertised by Boca Tacos y Tequila, as a weekly special feature. “Exotic Taco Wednesdays, the special, serves up turtle, kangaroo, alligator, python, and other exotic animals.” For the lion burgers, the restaurant was challenged by the PETA [People for Ethical Treatment of Animals] organization and was scolded on their website for this ‘˜appalling idea they report it gets worse. Those tacos may include someone’s former “pet.” Lion meat in the U.S. comes from lions who have spent their lives in backyard cages, zoos, pseudo-sanctuaries, roadside menageries, and circuses. When the novelty of keeping them wears off or when zoos need to make room for cute new babies, lions are sold at auction, where they may be purchased by slaughterhouses or canned hunting ranches. ” 
Looking at this restaurant’s facebook social media, it is clear the owner was more concerned about the safety of its staff as he writes “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.” 
Tucson Arizona is not exclusive if you are looking to eat exotic animals. Beijing, China serves Crocodile and kangaroo tail, as well as the webbed toes of a hippopotamus on the menu and if that doesn’t sound exotic enough, there’s always scorpion and deer’s penis, with ant soup as a starter. The Chinese predilection for rare wildlife is particularly prevalent in the southern Guangdong province, where some endangered species are highly regarded for what is seen as their ability to cure or ease health problems. Eating exotic animals is legal in China as long as they were raised on farms. The president of the Capital Animal Welfare Association, Qin Xiaona, said
“the restaurant was in exceptionally bad taste. We are against putting exotic animals on the menu, no matter if they are farm-raised or caught in the wild,” Qin said. “It may give people the impression that eating wild animals is legal since legal restaurants are serving them.” He added, “One of the zoo’s missions is to foster love of animals and a desire to protect them. But by selling the meat of caged beasts, this zoo stimulates consumption and increase pressure on the animals in the wild. It is socially inappropriate.” The owners of the Bin Feng Tang restaurant received approval for its menu from the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Landscape and Forestry.
The offering of wild animals in menus is becoming increasingly popular in London. A look at some of London restaurants’ menus, one will be able to notice the introduction of exotic dishes with the use of exotic animals. Such exotic animals used on the menu include animals like crocodile, kangaroo and even the springbok. The main intention of including such exotic dishes on the menu is not merely to tap on the curiosity and interest of London diners. It is also designed to have diners consume these animals to gain protein and iron without having to also take in the fat and cholesterol that come along with consuming red meat. All said, it definitely requires a brave tongue to try out these exotic meats but they do not all taste like chicken. When at Zebra at Chakalaka, do not be put off by the garish zebra-striped exterior of the restaurant as the restaurant is known for serving exotic dishes. Decorated in true blue African style, the restaurant is decorated with not only zebra stripes but also images of other wild animals like elephants and lions. The restaurant which is named after a South African spicy tomato and onion salsa sauce, it is known for serving up delicious wine and game to its diners. Diners can start their dinner with appetizers ranging from zebra and ostrich or marinated ostrich salad.