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Big cats

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Big cats

Believe it or note, lion meat burgers were prepared by an Arizona restaurant in celebration of the World Cup soccer tournament in South Africa. The story behind how a restaurant in Arizona got its hands on lion meat is a prime example of how trade in exotic, endangered animals is an international racket. All of the world's big cats, though especially lions and tigers, are occasionally poached for meat and questionable medicinal purposes.