You’re probably going to pay a lot more for lion meat in South Africa than you might think.
But there are a few things you can do to make sure you’re getting the best deal.
READ MORE: What you need to know about South Africa’s new law on lion slaughteringIn South Africa, where the lion population is estimated at around 10,000, a lion is worth roughly the same as a pig in South African marketplaces.
The lion is also considered a delicacy and is usually sold in a big, heavy bag.
You can even buy a lion as a gift, and it is widely available in the country’s markets.
However, there is a lot of controversy surrounding the lion meat trade in South Asia, especially in the Indian subcontinent.
South Asian lion hunters are banned from selling their meat in the South Asian marketplaces, which are generally heavily guarded and restricted to only members of the royal family.
The meat is still sold in South Asian markets, but it is more expensive.
A kilogram of lion meat is around 40,000 rand ($3,500).
A kilo of pig meat is approximately 3,500 rand ($4,000).
“Lions are a symbol of strength and pride, but also of power and aggression, and they should be treated as such,” said Ravi Shankar, a senior lecturer in economics at the University of South Africa.
“Lion meat should not be sold to people with a criminal record, and should be only bought by members of society with criminal records.”
South Africa’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries says that lion meat has been imported into the country since 2008, but the government has only been able to control the imports due to a lack of enforcement and monitoring of the marketplaces themselves.
“We have to enforce the law to ensure that the lion hunters who are buying the meat are abiding by the law,” said DAFF spokesperson David Macke.
“And we have to have enforcement teams on hand to ensure it’s not happening in other areas of the country.”
Macke says that the country has to do a lot better monitoring of lion slaughterhouses.
“I can’t speak to the level of surveillance we have in South East Asia,” he said.
“We do have a few places that we’re very vigilant about.”
But what about the other meat?
South Africa has a relatively high lion population, with the country boasting around a million lions, but a small portion of that population is illegal.
It is illegal to kill lions in South America, Asia or Africa, but South Africa is considered the largest lion hunting country in the world.
South Africa has around 6,000 lion carcasses a year, according to the South African Lion Council.
Macke said that there is no question that South Africa can control the lion marketplaces if it wanted to, but there are still problems.
“The meat we buy is a commodity that is highly prized by some, and if we can’t do it, it’s probably not going to happen,” he added.
“The meat of lions is not as valuable as its price, and there are restrictions that are placed on it.”
A ban on the lion hunting industry in South Australia is one of those restrictions, which is currently in place, but Macke said South Africa still needs to crack down on the trade.
“It’s not just about the hunting industry, but about all the meat, because there is nothing to stop the meat from going into other markets in other countries,” he explained.
“But we need to do this to keep the lions away.”
MacKe says that South African government has set up a taskforce to investigate the market for lion slaughter.
He says that this is not a new process, but one that is a response to the rise in lion poaching.
“Our taskforce has been in place since November of last year, and we have a lot in the pipeline to investigate what is happening in the lion trade,” he continued.
“It’s also a response and we need people in government to listen to us, because it’s happening here.
It’s just too much to take in.”
If the government really wants to get involved in this, then they need to put some teeth in it, because the meat industry is not the only source of revenue that they need.
“What we need is a complete overhaul in how we regulate the meat trade.
That’s what the meat hunters are demanding.”
In addition to banning the lion industry, South Africa recently announced that it will be beefing up surveillance of its markets.
This is due to the increase in the number of lion carcass imports.
“Every time you see a lion carcash on the ground, you have to get on a patrol car and check it,” Macke explained.
He said that the number that has been found so far this year is only about 10 percent of the lion slaughter that was imported into South Africa last year.
MacKe also believes that the current government has done a poor job at keeping its borders secure,