Lion Under Oath: Thunder Burger Promises No ‘Feline, Canine or Equine’ Meat
Apparently, there is a limit to just how wild those "Wild Wednesdays" specials at Thunder Burger can get. As first noted by the blog Burger Days, managers of the Georgetown restaurant have posted a statement on its Facebook page in response to complaints by animal rights activists over chef Ryan Fichter's reported plan to serve lion meat during the weekly promotion. Restaurant brass now suggests that Fichter had been misquoted:
We are excited about our Wild Wednesdays Promotion, but understand the anger over the confusion that has arisen recently regarding lion. Simply put, we will NOT serve any animal that is feline, canine or equine. A purveyor of exotic meats who we are familiar with – but have never worked with – does sell farm raised lions for human consumption, under USDA inspection. Our chef mentioned in an interview early into this promotion that our purveyors supply a wide range of exotic meats, including – amongst others – antelope, bear, lion and camel; NOT that we would specifically be serving all of these meats. The confusion over this comment has certainly caused understandable duress.
We understand the difference between what is exotic and what is fool-hearty. African Lions are tragically small in population and it is humanity’s responsibility to help keep this majestic animal with us. No endangered or at-risk species will EVER be served at our restaurant, nor any responsible restaurant.
We hope that this will satisfy your concern over the subject, and we look forward to serving you as our guest soon.
Photo by John Storr