Published On: Mon, Mar 11th, 2013

Illinois State Representative Luis Arroyo proposes bill to ban Lion meat

Craving some “king of the jungle” meat? In the Land of Lincoln, such food products may be banned if one Chicago lawmaker gets his way.

Image/Public Domain Images via Wikimedia Commons

Image/Public Domain Images via Wikimedia Commons

A bill introduced by Illinois State Representative Luis Arroyo would make it illegal for any person to slaughter a lion or for any person to posses, breed, import or export from the state, or buy or sell lions for the purpose of slaughter, according to a CBS Chicago report Saturday. 

In addition, the bill, if it becomes law, would make it unlawful to commercialize lion meat. Illinois would be the first state in the union to ban lion meat.

Violators of this law could face up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.

No law currently prohibits the sale of this animal meat as lions are not currently protected as an endangered cat in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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