Outrage over Houston Astrodome safari hunt

04/01/2010

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Giraffes are among the wild game to be housed in Houston's Astrodome for a wild animal shoot & eat safari/Credit U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

In a recently uncovered plan that is already drawing the ire of animal rights advocates, the Harris County Commisioners have approved a plan to turn the Astrodome into an exotic animal AstroSafari, where visitors can literally shoot and kill exotic game that very day, and then dine on the giraffe, rhino, kangaroo and other wild animals in the Dome's soon-to-open the Shoot & Eat restaurant that very evening (see menu). Twenty-foot long snakes will also be let loose in the dome to increase the excitement and danger. After a three-week investigation, The Houston Press uncovered the scheme, writing a detailed account of what is already known in the article, Dogging the Dome. Since they actively oppose the rodeo event, PETA will surely be up in arms about this. The mastermind behind the scheme is Tilman Fertitta, owner of Landry's restaurants, who turned an old firehouse into the Houston Aquarium with tigers and sharks. He reasoned that those animals are behind cages and glass, but these ones would hide behind bushes, creating a real danger and excitement for people visiting.

While it currently hosts the Houston Rodeo once a year, the Dome sits unoccupied at the moment, but its future has been under intense speculation. Would it get torn down, or turned into a movie studio, a restaurant, indoor skiing... Sometimes called the "Eighth Wonder of the World," it was an architectural feat as the world's first enclosed and domed sports stadium. One thing is for sure, this won't be the last we hear about this.


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