Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Taco Fusion in South Tampa serves lion meat and shark meat

A new restaurant in South Tampa is selling Lion Meat (which I am currently verifying the source of, along with gazelle meat, kangaroo meat and other wild game). There's a Petition to have the Asian Lion listed as endangered due to the fact that it's scarce in the wild. Although this seems atrocious, it is legal assuming proper permits are in place. I'm in the process of checking that the permits are intact with both CITES, the USDA and FWC.

It's important to note that wild game meat is not inspected by the USDA and can be hazardous to human health.

The restaurant also sells shark meat but does not disclose what type of shark meat it's selling. Several sharks have been listed off the Florida shores as threatened or endangered and thus unable to be harvested. To see the entire list, please visit here.  Currently, there is an open comment period to submit a comment on whether the scalloped hammerhead should be listed on the endangered species list.  Please comment that the scalloped hammerhead does need the protection of the government by clicking here.  You can do it online and it only takes a couple of minutes.

Sharks are quickly vanishing, along with other threatened and endangered species, due to overfishing, shark finning, the mere ignorance and/or lack of concern people have towards animals, including those heading towards extinction.

I will continue to check on the source of the shark meat and what it consists of, and the permits required to serve the other wild game meat (specifically the tiger meat).  But the question remains is how did the original exotic animals, such as tigers used to breed the meat that is being sold at Taco Fusion,  get here in the first place?  They obviously aren't indigenous to our society or North America.  This is where the true investigation has to be done.

Please boycott Taco Fusion and send the message that we are not interested in any business that serves game meat and marine meat of any kind, from an unknown, suspect source.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

New Animal Cruelty Bill.

A new animal cruelty bill has passed the state Senate and House of Representatives that not only allows for multiple acts of animal cruelty, but states that a person who owns, has custody or possession of an animal and fails to act and certain injuries and death occur. Remember, Florida does have a provision for felony animal cruelty and certain minimum mandatory sentences for animal cruelty. The bill, is awaiting signature by Governor Scott. If it is signed it will go into effect on July 1, 2013. The House Bill is numbered HB 841 and the Senate version that passed is S 504 and S 650.