Exotic cats are openly offered up for their meat, hides, bones or for hire at sites like these and on YouTube http://www.exoticmeatmarket.net/
702-339-6563 Exotic Meat Market, 5615 South Cameron, Suite 7, Las Vegas, NV 89118 A Las Vegas exotic meat market.
Unfortunately it is legal to kill lions, cougars and bobcats and eat them in the U.S.
The people who sell the meat lie and say that it is farm raised and USDA inspected, but USDA doesn’t inspect wild animal meats. We believe that most of the cats who end up being slaughtered this way started out being pimped in pay to play sessions where people will pay to touch or feed a baby lion or tiger. The cub can only be used, legally, between the age of 8 and 12 weeks.
After that they have no value to the people who have dragged them out to malls and fairs and are very likely to end up in canned hunts and on the menu.
More issues here: http://bigcatrescue.org/abuse-issues/