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Montana law would OK using roadkill for meat

 

Bill allowing meat from roadkill passes in Montana House

Published February 18, 2013 

FoxNews.com

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A bill allowing individuals to salvage the meat from roadkilled game animals passed last week in Montana's House of Representatives, the Daily Inter Lake reported.

The measure passed 19-2 last week in the House and is now on its way to the state Senate, according to the newspaper. State Rep. Steve Lavin, a proponent of the bill, said the legislation is better than it sounds.

"When people first hear about it - roadkill - some of them think this is a crazy bill, but it's not," Lavin told the newspaper.

Lavin originally drafted the bill to allow generic "game animals, fur-bearing animals, migratory game birds and upland game birds" to be salvaged. But the idea was raising concerns among officials with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, according to the newspaper.

Many different kinds of game animals, including Bighorn sheep, bears and mountain lion, are killed by vehicles in the Thompson Falls area. The bill would allow to salvage the animals solely for their meat.

"As people know, people hit a lot of animals on roadways, and I mean a ton of them," Lavin reportedly said. "There's a lot of good meat being wasted out there."



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by on Feb. 19, 2013 at 8:27 AM
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LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Feb. 19, 2013 at 10:14 AM
Agree. Also, if someone is going to eat road kill then that is likely not the first "game" meat they have had. Most people aren't going to be able to take a deer home and dress it. *insert pic of talking deer dressed in suit and tie with sunglasses here :)*

Quoting KreatingMe:

I was wondering the same thing. I don't know if it was previously illegal or not. I agree with you, I don't think it should be legislated either way. It irks me that the state and perhaps even some of the public, believe they need to endorse it or prohibit it. I'm not suggesting that eating roadkill is without danger but when I think of the " food"  for sale in grocery stores that comes from grain fed, hormone and antibiotic injected animals living in filth, it puts eating a roadkill deer into perspective. 

Quoting LauraKW:

Does specifically allowing equate to endorsing it? I was just wondering if the state could unintentionally be giving an indication of safety by creating this law. You asked why the govt should prohibit eating road kill. I don't think they should legislate it at all. Was it previously illegal and now it is legal? Or was it a non-issue and is now legal? Just asking in general, not grilling you, KreatingMe. Anyone know?



Quoting KreatingMe:


Quoting x_Starr_x:

don't people know how dangerous this is hit a deer with a car you may rupture there bowel then meat it tainted you eat it your gonna get real sick this is a stupid law.

So why should that make it illegal? I don't eat road kill, actually I eat very little meat at all but I don't think the govt should prohibit it because someone might get sick. 


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Euphoric
by Thumper kid spanks on Feb. 19, 2013 at 10:20 AM

 Bleck

Euphoric
by Thumper kid spanks on Feb. 19, 2013 at 10:20 AM

 lol

Quoting Ms.KitKat:

 Fire up the bar-b, mate! 

 

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stormcris
by Christy on Feb. 19, 2013 at 10:37 AM
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People who do this know when the bowel is damaged.

Quoting x_Starr_x:

don't people know how dangerous this is hit a deer with a car you may rupture there bowel then meat it tainted you eat it your gonna get real sick this is a stupid law.


stormcris
by Christy on Feb. 19, 2013 at 10:38 AM
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LOL now you know you are not supposed to slap people with facts like that

Quoting Sisteract:

Aren't ground up bones, hooves, lips and such routinely fed to poultry and other protein sources commercially sold in our grocery stores?


dustinsmom1
by JENN on Feb. 19, 2013 at 10:41 AM
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Ive used roadkill as food in every state Ive ever lived in, never knew there were laws for or against it. A fresh kill deer has lots of undamaged meat on it. No point in it going to waste!

Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Feb. 19, 2013 at 11:30 AM
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ewwwww

Mrs.Kubalabuku
by Bronze Member on Feb. 19, 2013 at 11:39 AM
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I'm all for it.  You have to think of the kind of people who live out there, too.  They are hard working.  Many who live in the rural areas of Montana know how to live off the land.  The weather in winter (when most these accidents happen, BTW) would preserve meat.  Most of the people who would use this know how to clean and butcher their own animals, and how to avoid bad meat.

I mean, there is a chance if I shot a deer and missed the heart, I'd rupture a bowel and taint some meat.  OK.  What next?  Proper cleaning, curing, and preparation of the meat would sanitize it again.  Butchering is NOT a neat process, not by a long shot.  Killed "humanely" on the commercial market or hit by a car, cleaning a deer or cow is a messy process.  Bowels rupture ALL THE TIME during private and commercial butchering.  You know what they do on the commercial market?  Spray it off with a hose.  In the end, it matters little HOW they were killed, unless poisons were involved that would make the meat entirely unsafe.

The reason this is a big deal to people in Montana is because of how much game there is out there, and how resourceful the people are.  If they are out hunting in the woods and hit a deer coming home, they'll grab their gun, shoot it, and expect to salvage the meat.  Before this law, they could get in trouble.  They were expected to leave it sitting there rotting.

For the most part, this isn't talking about an animal that has been hit and sitting for days.  It's addressing the fact that many people who hit an animal would like to properly kill the animal to end its suffering, then take it straight home and utilize what they can so it doesn't go to waste.

MeAndTommyLee
by Gold Member on Feb. 19, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Honey, I wrecked the truck when I hit a deer, but we have dinner for a week!

Really????

JoyfulinSD
by Member on Feb. 19, 2013 at 11:50 AM
Most states already allow it. As a matter of fact, if you hit a deer, the officer that responds can issue you a permit to take the game home for processing. It's part of a waste and want law.
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