BROOKFIELD, Ill. (WLS/CNN) - A bill that would block the sale of lion meat could go before Illinois lawmakers this week.
The so-called Lion Meat Act would make it illegal to slaughter a lion or to possess, breed, buy or sell the animals for the purpose of killing them for meat.
The bill was proposed by Illinois State Representative Luis Arroyo after learning that two companies in his state are allegedly selling lion meat.
"I think the economy is not that bad in Illinois that we have to go start consuming lions. What are we going to do next? I know there's a lot of exotic pets that people eat but we don't want to eat the king of the jungle," said Arroyo.
If the Lion Meat Act passes, Illinois will become the first state to forbid lion slaughter.
Offenders would face a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500 if convicted.