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The Lion King

Here in Illinois, we're screwed.

State pension reform is needed ($96.7 bil, to be exact).  The state is up to its ass in debt and has the worst bond rating of all fifty states.  A measure governing the right to concealed carry of firearms is being argued fiercely.

So what is being introduced in a bill in the Illinois congress?

How about a ban on the sale of lion meat?

Luis Arroyo is a D in the Illinois House, repping Chicago.  And he claims there are two restaurants that are cutting up lion meat and serving it to customers.  He states that slaughtering the animal for food is inhumane (not to be a bitch, but technically, slaughtering ANY animal is inhumane.  And remember, this is a meat eater pointing this out) and needs to be outlawed (I'm sure the predators on the African savannah are shaking in their boots at the thought of lions being protected from being preyed on).  Although he is not identifying the two restaurants he claims to know of (which pretty much kills THAT Friday night run), he is proposing one year in jail and $2,500 in fines for offenders.  "Those are zoo animals.  THere's other meats we can eat besides the lions."

(By the way, this whole thing could be a waste of time.  The US Fish And Wildlife Service is considering declaring African lions an endangered species, although they are more interested in stopping the trade of hunting trophies and lion skins.  But yes, a lion burger would also be illegal if that happens.)

Nice to see our politicians have their priorities straight.  I sometimes think Illinois residents are simply getting what they deserve from their government.

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