I’m a hunter. A lot of folks are. I don’t get a lot of opportunity to hunt, however, so I struggle to meet my own needs with deer meat. But there are a lot of hunters who are far more fortunate donated their extra meet to feed poor folks in Louisiana, and they just got a slap across the face for their troubles:
The Dept. of Health and Hospitals ordered the staff at the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission to throw 1,600 pounds of donated venison in garbage bins – and then ordered then to douse the meat with Clorox – so other animals would not eat the meat.
“Deer meat is not permitted to be served in a shelter, restaurant or any other public eating establishment in Louisiana,” said a Health Dept. official in an email to Fox News. “While we applaud the good intentions of the hunters who donated this meat, we must protect the people who eat at the Rescue Mission, and we cannot allow a potentially serious health threat to endanger the public.”
The meat came via a group called “Hunters for the Hungry.” This group enables hunters to donate entire deer to help feed poor people by dropping off whole deer at participating processors. In short, the meat is controlled from that point on.
Louisiana doesn’t have any laws against doing something like this. However, 1,600 pounds of the meat was destroyed. Hunters for the Hungry wasn’t even allowed to take the meat back and give it to others who are in need.
As for the safety, not only is the meat controlled, but venison is one of the leanest forms of meat you can find. In short, it’s hard to beat it from a health perspective. It is as safe as you’re going to find.