Threats Keep Ariz. Eatery's Lion Tacos Off Menu

Picture taken on December 6, 2010 at the 'Reserve Africaine' (African reserve) in Sigean shows two of the, three lion cubs born on June 11, 2010 meeting the full-grown lions of the reserve for the first time. AFP PHOTO / RAYMOND ROIG (Photo credit should read RAYMOND ROIG/AFP/Getty Images) RAYMOND ROIG/AFP/Getty Images

TUCSON, Ariz. - An Arizona restaurant has decided to scrap plans to offer African lion meat in its tacos.

Bryan Mazon, the owner of Boca Tacos and Tequila, said Monday that his Tucson eatery has received "many threats" against the restaurant, family members, customers and vendors since he announced last week that he was taking prepaid orders for the exotic tacos.

Boca planned to start serving the lion tacos Feb. 16 at a cost of $8.75 apiece.

Mazon says his restaurant received orders from people around the world. The eatery already has served up python, alligator, elk, kangaroo, rattlesnake, oysters, turtle, duck and frog legs in its tacos.

Mazon says he'll continue to bring unique menu items to the Tucson community and his customers, but not at the expense of safety.
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