Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Newcastle Australia
Lion meat is usually classed as bushmeat. So in other words illegal poaching. Plus they are endangered and the meat is often taken from wildlife reserves.
In many countries animals that are destined for the food industry have very strict rules to their treatment from birth to the end and as much of the animal as possible is used in just about every industry you can name. The old stereotype of only taking the choice bits no longer stands. On top of being wasteful it isn't cost effective to the businesses.
That being said the constant vigilance of people breaking these guidelines need to be named and shamed. The practice of sow stalls for instance, or cage hens..or barn hens (which is not as nice as it sounds- wall to wall chickens that rarely see the sun). Most people see the wisdom in voting with their wallet, bad practices dissappear if they are no longer profitable.
The problem of meat classification is really a matter of cultural bias which makes it difficult. Particular laws classify animals for meat marketing and these change from country to country based on the public bias to ethics and predominant culture- the law is shaped by its people after all.