USDA:  No More Lion Burgers! Ban the Sale of Lion Meat
  • Petitioning Olga Morales

This petition will be delivered to:

USDA Acting Program Manager for the Office of Program Evaluation, Enforcement and Review
Olga Morales
USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety
Dr. Elisabeth A. Hagen
USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety
Brian Ronholm
USDA Administrator
Alfred V. Almanza
Deputy Administrator
Philip Derfler
USDA Assistant Administrator, Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Education
Carol Blake
USDA Secretary of Agriculture
Tom Vilsack

USDA: No More Lion Burgers! Ban the Sale of Lion Meat

    1. Cheryl Semcer
    2. Petition by

      Cheryl Semcer

      Hoboken, NJ

It's unbelievable that restaurants in the US are allowed to serve lion meat. It's almost impossible to find out where the meat comes from -- it could be imported, from animals in zoos or circuses, or from lions raised on farms in the Midwest -- the people who kill lions and sell them as meat aren't exactly forthcoming ... and they don't have to be because lion meat isn't really regulated by the government.

That's not only bad news for the animals, who could be raised and slaughtered in inhumane conditions, but also for people. The diets and drug use in lions aren't regulated for human consumption, which means lion meat could be dangerous to eat.

Over the summer, I started a petition when I heard about a restaurant in Kansas that was planning a dinner event with meat from lions and other exotic animals. That restaurant listened to us and took lion off the menu, but since then, I've heard of other restaurants in other parts of the country serving lion burgers. This shouldn't be legal.

Right now, the US Fish and Wildlife Department is considering adding lions to the endangered species list. These amazing animals are already considered endangered by several other countries. I've done volunteer work with African lions and recently visited a sanctuary for big cats in the U.S. These majestic animals deserve better than to wind up on someone's plate. They should be protected, not cooked and eaten!

Please join me in asking the USDA to ban the sale of lion meat.

Recent signatures


    1. A Florida restaurant is selling lion tacos!

      Cheryl Semcer
      Petition Organizer

      We HAVE to stop restaurants from doing this. It is NOT ok!

      Florida restaurant (once again) sells lion meat tacos

      UPDATE: Taco Fusion briefly pulled the controversial item from its menu, but has since reversed that decision, telling Tampa's FOX 13: @ BuzzFeedNews We just got off the phone with them.

    2. Another great lion meat petition

      Cheryl Semcer
      Petition Organizer

      Here is another lion meat related petition taking off.
      This is important to support considering the recent bill proposed in Illinois to ban the sale of lion meat.
      Once again, thank you for your support on this issue.

      Stop the Sale of African Lion Meat

      The African lion population is decreasing and it's not just occurring in Africa. In the U.S., lions are being killed so consumers can eat a lion steak...

    3. Vote no against lion meat.

      Cheryl Semcer
      Petition Organizer

      Please vote NO!

      Lawmaker battles to ban lion meat

      Dying to try lion? If you live in Illinois, you'd better get your fix quickly before proposed legislation would make the "mane" course a Class A misdemeanor. Illinois State Representative Luis Arroyo proposed HB 2991 to the state's General Assembly last month. If the Lion Meat Act passes, Illinois will become the first U.S.

    4. Support ending lion meat on the dinner plate.

      Cheryl Semcer
      Petition Organizer

      Please vote NO on this article. Thank you!

    5. Support Illinois in banning lion meat.

      Cheryl Semcer
      Petition Organizer

      Here is a petition that has been reopened in light of the recent legislation push in Illinois to ban the sale of lion meat. This petition targets Czimer's of Illinois who was jailed a few years ago for selling endangered tiger meat labeled as lion. Support would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

      Stop the Sale of African Lion Meat

      The African lion population is decreasing and it's not just occurring in Africa. In the U.S., lions are being killed so consumers can eat a lion steak...

    6. Meat from LIONS being sold in Illinois as state lawmaker pushes legislation

      Cheryl Semcer
      Petition Organizer

      Finally proposed legislation to ban lion meat sale in Illinois.

      Meat from LIONS being sold in Illinois as state lawmaker pushes legislation that will ban it

      A new bill has been proposed in Illinois designed to deal with the little known trade in lion meat out of the Midwestern state. 'The Lion Meat Act', sponsored by Rep. Luis Arroyo (D-Chicago), would make it illegal to sell, slaughter or eat the king of the jungle, punishing anyone caught with a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.

    7. Tell USFWS to list the African lion as an endangered species!

      Cheryl Semcer
      Petition Organizer

      The United States Fish and Wildlife Service is considering listing the African lion as an endangered species. If they do, lion trophies would no longer be allowed into the US and it would be illegal to serve lion meat as well. Legal trophy hunting is a major cause of African Lions' decline -- and two thirds of the African Lions killed by trophy hunters end up in the U.S. That's thousands of lions! You can help change this.

      We have until Mon. Jan 28th to voice our opinion. Please tell the government you want lions listed as an endangered species. You can comment on the upper right hand corner of the following page:

      You can also sign my latest petition below. I will be submitting all signatures and comments to USFWS.

      Thank you to each and every one of you have supported my campaign!

      Save African lions from extinction by listing them as an endangered species!

      Many people already think African lions are protected as an endangered species, but they aren't listed under the Endangered Species Act. That means...

    8. "Lion's on the menu thanks to shady sellers"

      Cheryl Semcer
      Petition Organizer

      Interesting look into the lion meat industry.

      The Daily

      It sounded like a sick joke: A Tucson, Ariz., restaurant announced it was adding "farm raised, African lion" tacos to its menu. Many Americans who heard about Boca Tacos' seeming publicity stunt earlier this year were surprised to learn the big cats can be legally butchered and sold like hamburger in the United States.

    9. Reached 150,000 signatures
    10. Why lion meat is unsafe

      Cheryl Semcer
      Petition Organizer

      For more information on why lion meat is unsafe please read:

      Campaigns and Programs - King of Beasts, Not Burgers: Lion Meat Trade in the U.S.

      Born Free USA is a national animal advocacy nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Our mission is to advocate for the protection of animals from cruelty and exploitation.

    11. Reached 100,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Katherine Thrift BERRYVILLE, VA
      • about 9 hours ago

      This is sick. It's absolutely horrible.

    • Amanda Martin CULLMAN, AL
      • about 12 hours ago

      Lions are very social and their pride is their family, im sure they feel loss and pain like most living creatures. All of God's creatures deserve respect.

    • Pam Lill WAYNE, NJ
      • about 15 hours ago

      These animals need to be protected. Too kill them for food would put them at Rick of being extinct one day

    • Monica Gentry CINCINNATI, OH
      • about 20 hours ago

      1. The lions are exotic wild animals that should be celebrated not eaten.

      2. The lion meat is not being inspected by the USDA. I mean who is making sure this meat is somewhat ok to eat? Not safe for consumers.

    • Mandy Hanton MALAGA, SPAIN
      • about 24 hours ago

      It is inconceivable to me that we have to sign a petition to say how wrong this in every way. Surely it should be obvious. Please ban immediately everything connected to this travesty.


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