Yummy, is that Loin King Meat?

I loved the loin king but I don’t think I would eat it in a burger or taco!  It seems the king of the jungle won’t be served at an Arizona taco joint, after all. Bryan Mazon, owner of Boca Tacos y Tequila in Tucson, announced he will no longer serve African lion tacos due to a high number of threats.

“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 posted to Facebook Monday.

The restaurant is known for dishing up exotic fare, such as rattlesnake, alligator and turtle tacos.

They had planned to sell lion tacos for $8.75 on one day next month, and were taking advance orders.

Since the exotic menu item was announced last week, animal rights activists and other protesters have inundated the eatery with phone calls, e-mails and posts to its Facebook page.

But lion meat, although a delicacy, is legal to consume in the U.S as long as the species isn’t endangered, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

Mazon said the meat was legally sourced from a California farm.  Previously, a Mesa, Ariz., restaurant received threats after it offered lion burgers for a World Cup promotion last summer.  I am guessing he just did this for the free publicity!