Health Dept to Homeless: You Can’t Eat Deer Meat

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist February 27, 2013

Add Louisiana to the list of state and local governments around the United States that are forcing homeless people who look to shelters and soup kitchens for meals toward an all processed food, junk diet.

Last year, the Mayor of New York City, otherwise known as Nanny Bloomberg, banned food donations to homeless shelters, even from charities donating freshly cooked traditional foods that had long-standing and excellent track records.

Now, the Department of Health and Hospitals in Louisiana has ordered the privately funded Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission to dump 1,600 pounds of venison donated by Hunters for the Hungry into garbage bins.

Here’s the kicker. The staff was also instructed to split open the packages of meat and pour Clorox on them as an “extra precaution so that animals would not eat it from the dumpster and become sick or die.”

Wild animals getting sick from eating what they’ve always been eating … wild game?  What planet are these bureaucrats living on?

While there would have been good reason for this order had deer in the area been found to have some sort of infectious illness or the meat itself was tested and found to be tainted, the fact is that there was no good reason for this order.

There was absolutely nothing wrong with this meat.

It is simply another case of unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats running amok and crazed with their own power, barking out orders to privately run organizations and law abiding citizens.

It seems that health authorities would rather homeless people be eating drug residue laced meat from sick animals confined on filthy, disease ridden feedlots than from healthy wild game freely roaming and eating natural forage.

Henry Martin, executive director of the mission, said that the staff has been serving deer meat for years in dishes such as deer chili and deer spaghetti.

“This was really good meat.  It’s high in protein and low in cholesterol. It’s very healthy.”

Martin continued by saying that he was extremely concerned about the way state health inspectors handled the situation. No due process was followed. They just ordered the meat to be destroyed and that was that.

Martin said that the rescue mission serves 200,000 meals a year and not one cent comes from the state or federal government.  He estimated that the senseless confiscation resulted in as many as 3,200 healthy meals being lost.

“It seems like this was a senseless act, I don’t think hungry people who come to our mission appreciate the fact they could have been eating some really good venison and as it is now — no one can eat it.”

Louisiana State Rep. Jeff Thompson, a hunter himself who has personally donated deer to this mission before, was outraged.

“You hear about these stories anywhere and it’s a concern — but when it happens in your own backyard it’s insulting.”

Thompson said that he intends to meet with the heads of the state agencies along with state lawmakers over the incident.  He said that the meat should, at the very least, have been returned to the hunters who donated it.

 

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

Source:  Health Dept:  Homeless Can’t Eat Deer Meat

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Comments (169)

  1. This is insane. Wild deer meat from animals eating their natural diet is probably the most nutrient dense food those poor people ever got, and to destroy it is disgusting. This good meat is so much better than the soycrap usually given out by the government.

    This act is without good reason, but there is always a reason. It cannot be health, since no one ever had a health problem with the meat. I wonder what the real reason is.

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    • Lynn, I have wondered about that myself. There are so many jobs, both government and private, which are dependent on having a large population of people who are sick, or poor, or unable to care for themselves, or all three.
      Insane actions like this make me wonder about the issue.

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  2. Veronica Gallegos via Facebook February 27, 2013 at 11:37 am

    The other thing I found offensive is that the Health Department’s involvement was the result of one of the homeless people complaining about eating venison. Uh, hello, you’re homeless – someone is feeding you from the kindness of their heart…!!

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    • I used to volunteer at a food bank. The shoppers were very, very picky about what they would take. If there were no Froot Loops, they wouldn’t take corn flakes instead. If there were no corn dogs, they wouldn’t take canned chicken instead. After a while, the food bank even stopped taking donations of things besides what they could get rid of (Jello, Kool-Aid, Twinkies, Capn Crunch, etc) because they had too much other food sitting around. I’m not saying canned chicken is health food, but I thought it was sad that the food bank didn’t want it, but they put out flyers begging for donations of Twinkies.

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      • I feel bad for people in need when they are really in need. These so called poor people are parasites. I hear so many stories about how peaky they are and they would not eat this and that, and how they get food and throw it out or feed to birds. It makes me sick. I know what it means to be hungry and, believe me, I ate what I got and I was happy beyond anything. Most of them are lazy and want someone to do everything for them. Let them go and figure out how to take care of themselves for a change. Hunters should eat good food themselves or find a family in need directly and not to waist food on lazy bunch. Government will always help to waist more of healthy food.

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        • I helped run a food bank for years and we found it was a lack of knowledge on how to prepare healthy foods that kept people from taking them. We began printing out recipes and such and taping it to the fresh produce, healthy meats, whole grain freshly ground flours, canned fish and such and grouping items that would make a healthy soup or casserole together and saw the selection of such foods increase dramatically. When I had time sometimes I would even prepare some of the recipes and have samples and when their children enthusiastically ate them they would happily select those items over others. Not universally of course, but enough so that it was worth the effort. Of course people in the dire situation that would bring them to a food bank often want food that is familiar and comfortable, but I still give the healthy food over the crap when I donate. The fact that people make a wide range of good and bad lifestyle choices is true across all economic lines.

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  3. Sheilla Paige via Facebook February 27, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Absolutely ridiculous!!! Why?? How can the same people that say there’s enough food to feed everyone in the world do something so foolish?!

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  4. This just happened to a homeless shelter in Albuquerque,NM, too. Only they were allowed to give the meat to their volunteer employees or return it to the hunters or ranchers who had donated grass-fed beef that had been independently butchered and packaged. Nothing was wrong with the meat; they had been eating it for years.
    But same results: homeless shelter who operates without any gov’t assistance or funds was forced by local gov’t officials to rid themselves of perfectly good meat. Perhaps some sort of national directive by the USDA going on here??

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    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
      Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist February 27, 2013 at 11:53 am

      Yes, this is happening all over the United States it seems. Why the problem with wild game all of a sudden … it is so much healthier than the horrible CAFO meat these homeless people are getting served in the processed foods at these shelters. You have to wonder if this is somehow part of the gun control agenda that is being pushed at the national level.

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      • I wondered if it had something to do with the gun control initiative to, but regardless they are taking food out of people’s mouths and should be ashamed of themselves. I hope I never see this in my backyard. Officials in my area are extremely pro game and fish and I can only hope this would never pass. Individuals plant several extra acres to donate to any organization that can get it to those low income or homeless that need the produce/food in my town and my Grandfather has been feeding those less fortunate in his town for decades with his 10 acre garden he plants every year. Will these be targeted next? I plan on keeping an eye out of this for sure! No one deserves to go hungry when there is food available.

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        • Rebecca, you had beeter be careful about boasting (proudly as you should be) about your G’father. And I was glad you didn’t give your state name.. the government would be on your doorstep tomorrow!
          How rediculous this is!!

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  5. There is an inverse relationship between liberty and power. When centralized power grows, liberty shrinks. This is just a symptom of the greatest ailment our country has faced. To me, smaller government means more common sense, so that 1600 lbs of the best meat the country has to offer can be used to feed hungry people.

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  6. Megan Schneider via Facebook February 27, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I know this is beside the point, but pour bleach over it so the wild animals won’t eat it?? Yeah cause you know in the wild if a wild animal came across a dead deer and they ate it they would get sick…so lets protect those animals who are carnivores and pour bleach all over it. I’m thinking the bleach is a little more harmful than helpful. Idiocracy at its finest. Sheesh.

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    • Yes, and this agency should be held accountable for the damaged PRIVATE PROPERTY and be required to compensate the hunters for the loss.

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  7. Rebecca Rose Heidenreich via Facebook February 27, 2013 at 11:50 am

    I like that this article has more shares than likes…the government has no right to intercept a charity feeding people…the meat should have been given back to the hunters…

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  8. Melba Pierce via Facebook February 27, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Lets hope that the sequester that is going to happen Friday will relieve all of them of their jobs…we can’t afford to employ them any longer…

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  9. This is absolutely ridiculous! Wild game is so much better for you and more sustainable. It’s incredible to me the reasoning they must have had to be so wasteful of product and careless regarding the homeless that could have fed, volunteer hours lost and all that good will from the hunters WASTED! Just unbelievable…

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  10. Dawn Lane via Facebook February 27, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Since when did wild animals get sick on other wild animals? Isn’t that their natural diet? (Of course, taking into consideration that the deer have no real natural predators anymore, which is why they need to be hunted to thin the herds.) This story has had me just sick since I read about it yesterday.

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  11. Karen Marie via Facebook February 27, 2013 at 11:57 am

    WTF? something terribly wrong with people allowing this. Perhaps they can better poison the people with crap can food that is laden with lots of fat and chemicals to make them sicker and dependent on health care system for pills and treatment when the Obama crap kicks in.

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  12. I think the way they come in and destroy good food is wrong and the gov’t needs to be reined in. They are to big for their own good and no good for the people. But my question is about wild game. We know how farmers use GMO corn and soybeans and spray them with Roundup. Doesn’t this affect the wild game that then feeds off these fields? I’ve thought about hunting and stuff but this thought lingers in the back of my mind.

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    • Farmed animals get ONLY such GMO and chemical-laced food. Deer might eat some of these crops if the crops are in range but they would also eat wild food. Consider that before giving up on the idea of hunting.

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  13. This is outraging! I cannot believe they would just destroy perfectly healthy food like that! No, wait a minute..I can. Mr. Thompson was right- if the Helath Dept. didn’t want the meat being fed to the shelter, than it should have been returend to the hunters who worked hard for that meat only to see it destroyed!

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  14. This is the sort of shocking, disturbing, stupid story that makes me happy. I’m happy because it is so stupid that it gets shared and it gets regular people worked up over the stupidity of it, and it gets people involved in what is going on so we can demand change so this sort of thing stops happening. You don’t have to be political or conservative or liberal or anything else to realize this is just unacceptable. Thank you for sharing.

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  15. THE REASON HIS HAPPENED IS SOMEONE THAT EATS AT THE SHELTER COMPLAINED ABOUT EATING DEER MEAT.I HUNT AND THIS WAS A TOTAL WASTE,I WOULD SOONER EAT WILD GAME.IT’S BAD WHEN YOUR HOMELESS AND YOU ARE SO PICKEY ABOUT WHATYOU ARE GETTING FOR FREE.

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    • The reason they got rid of all of that meat is not because one person complained. Certain homeless folks will complain about anything, no matter what it is. The agenda of these heartless people who wasted nourishing food goes far beyond what one person doesn’t want to eat. They are sick and horrible for what they did!

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  16. Sandy Estrada via Facebook February 27, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    My guess is, they destroyed the meat because it wasn’t USDA inspected. It wasn’t butchered in a USDA inspected facility. Don’t a lot of hunters butcher their own deer? Which I’m sure they do with the utmost care since they are going to be feeding their family with that meat. This was senseless, I too think the meat should have been returned to the people who donated it.

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  17. Viki Worley via Facebook February 27, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    My question is why they didn’t tell these hunters before they accepted the meat so they could have given it to a church food cabinet or several so that people who can’t afford meat at the grocery could have good protein?!

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  18. Its stupid! The government just wants to prove that they have complete control of your food!
    We need to do something about it…

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  19. Kirstin Lanway via Facebook February 27, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Hunters for the Hungry is a great organization and its heart breaking that all of this went to waste. We have given some of our game meat to homeless shelters before and if they couldn’t take it, it was given to our local wolf haven with no problems. To me this is no different then poaching and they should be treated like poachers.

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  20. I can’t even imagine this country in 20 years. Forced vaccinations, forced crappy food on the whole population. You won’t even be able to take a leak without getting prior approval from a government official. You think I’m exaggerating? Go ahead and think that. Then one day you’ll wake up and have no say what-so-ever in your life or what you can do with your children. If the gov. will even allow you to have children.

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  21. It sounds like part of Agenda 21 to me. Restricting access to wild animals and making people rely on poisoned food and water so that they rely on the government for healthcare and have enough fluoride in their brains to do anything officials say.

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  22. Sandy Estrada via Facebook February 27, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Oops, I was way off. I almost said “this is my uneducated guess”. I didn’t realize that venison was not allowed to be served in homeless shelters, restaurants etc. Sorry. I guess I should read before I comment. Carry on folks……

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  23. Kirstin Lanway via Facebook February 27, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Sandy, it is allowed to be served at homeless shelters the only reason it was turned down from us was because they had no room for it. Alaska it is illegal to waste animals especially moose if it was hit buy a car a charity has to be called right away to harvest the meat. They will even donate meat that was poached. This is actually the first incident I have heard of this happening. You are fine :)

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  24. yes indeed, stupidity at its best! However, perhaps if everyone calls or writes to Louisiana State Rep, Jeff Thompson to express our outrage,steps can be taken to avoid this in the future. And those responsible should be punished for this ‘crime’ as that is what it is; a disgusting waste of good edible food by those who are NOT in charge of feeding at this facility.

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  25. Chanda Johnson via Facebook February 27, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Give a man some venison and he’ll eat for a week…give him a gun and teach him how to hunt, and he’ll become independent of the system. And, we all know that is not part of the program.

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  26. If this homeless shelter did not receive state or federal funding, how does the state have jurisdiction? It would be no different if a restaurant owner had meat donated to them and they served it in their restaurant. A confiscation of the said product wouldn’t be applied until proper testing and/or an illness was reported.

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  27. Let me first say, I agree and have benefited from Sarah’s blog–I like her practical and down to earth advice. For instance I’m taking cod liver oil now, and trying to get my kids on it too (still trying).

    I totally see how people here would, on the face of it, see nothing wrong with eating wild deer too–since it is in nature, etc. But, let me throw out a differing opinion, and perhaps it saves/helps someone from getting a mysterious/frightening brain wasting disease–mad cow. This info is not widely known (and I’m sure Louisiana officials have no idea–I’m not siding with them for their reasons), but what if deer happen to be highly susceptible to catching an unnatural disease from their interactions with each other and farm animals?

    Sarah, if you read these comments, you seem intelligent, and diligent. Look into this. Here is a link to get you started.
    http://www.outdoorlife.com/articles/hunting/2007/09/mad-deer-disease-can-venison-kill-you

    I’m with the Weston Price ideals, paleo ideals, mercola ideals– I fuse all 3, but you don’t want to get mad cow. It cannot be cooked away. Prions aren’t alive. Perhaps it is misdiagnosed as Alzheimers, since the symptons are similar (eats holes in your brain). Mad cow isn’t just for cows, it also infects sheep (in England, called scrapie), and people (Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease).

    Unfortunately, all meat products aren’t tested for it in the US, (perhaps 1 in a 1000? perhaps less). I believe in Japan they test ever cow, or used to. Yet even with the very lax testing in the US, they still find an odd dairy cow with it every now and again–and that is ok, because it didn’t enter the food supply. But would you, given the choice, be delighted to know you’ve been drinking the milk from a cow with mad cow disease, and whose milk was mixed in huge vats with 100 other cows milk?

    I like this sites skeptism and not taking everything the gov says for truth blindly. Don’t believe mad cow has been eliminated from conventional farms, and don’t think that deer could never pick it up by their interactions first with these cows & pastures, and then with each other. The gov will not be of any help here, as they use trade embargos and pressure against other countries that have banned US beef (like Taiwan, Japan) for the reason of mad cow.

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    • I knew a woman who suffered and died from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease; it was confirmed by biopsy and then the $30,000+ diagnostic tool had to be destroyed because there’s no way to sterilize away prions, because, as you mentioned, they aren’t alive to kill. Her symptoms weren’t terribly similar at all to Alzheimer’s. But hey, there aren’t many diagnosed cases of C-J out there so who knows? Maybe more people with Alzheimers actually do have C-J. Or maybe the just have Alzheimers.

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      • Yes, one of the big problems is the cost to diagnose–once someone has passed away, how many families are willing to go through the expense to do this? I’d be curious what were the symptons of this woman who suffered through that? If you ever donate blood, also you will read that you are disqualified if you ever had C-J disease, or even a brain procedure, because, as you say, it can be transferred even from the stainless steel instruments. Quite scary.

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      • I totally agree with you, and think the same way. I purchase raw milk (luckily it is legal in CA), and got angry when it was taken off shelves for 2 weeks because a few people who got sick had it their frig (it was never linked). But I made this comment more as an education which we are more and more required to do ourselves, instead of rely on the government. It is a lot of work to educate yourself on the potential problems of a kind of food (like deer meat), when you have a full time job and life. I hope that my comment will save others time on that quest, and if anyone finds out differently, I’d be happy to cross off this concern when looking at healthy meat choices. By the way, if the government were to offer these poor people normally raised (CAFO) beef/pork/chicken, I believe that is better to skip the meat altogether anyway.

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  29. That is just outrageous! Not only is it depriving the homeless of healthy meals, but it’s such a disgusting waste of venison. I feel bad enough that animals have to die for our food (I am a reformed vegetarian!!), but for them to die senselessly and have their meat thrown out just makes me so sad…

    This whole thing just makes me sick and disgusts me.

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  31. Sure it’s an outrage, but it make perfect sense. Sorry, but the time has come to wear the badge of conspiracy theorists and rehabilitate the term: they want us dead or sick – which makes more money for them. How else can you explain all this?

    Actually, it’s conspiracy FACT.

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  32. My dictionary defines the word “sociopath” as “a person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behavior and a lack of conscience.

    I would say these state appointed authorities were acting in a very anti social way and behavior, destroying perfectly good food for no particular good reason.

    Sadly, Today, In the land of the free, Sociopaths are elected by a dumbed down population into Government positions where they then appoint their sociopathic acquaintances to positions of power.

    If I had been there I would have said to these sociopaths NO.

    We all should be saying NO more often.

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  33. The soup kitchen in our area gets venison meat from state inspected facilities that must receive the deer within two days of being shot. Neat thing is, they mix with 20% pork lard, and the soup kitchen says folks can’t taste the difference!

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    • Does a state food inspector’s waist measurement need to equal or exceed his height to meet state employment requirements, or is that just a coincidence?

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  34. Ridiculous that the homeless are forced to consume only processed food as they aren’t already at risk of health problems from not having adequate shelter. The powers-that-be only want people supporting Big Ag and Big Pharma, anything else is considered bad by the,.

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  35. This is just another case of government employees sticking their fat noses into something that has been working for years and NOT sticking their noses where they should be such as government waste and government fraud! The system is a mess right now in all States!

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  36. On a side subject: I did a pep talk recently to a couple I know about GMOs and Roundup. Later I find out that a deer the man recently shot, well, he gave the meat away.

    Why? He said they forage through the uber-sprayed fields (Northeast Indiana where corn and soybeans are KING) and he felt he would be injesting the Roundup.

    I think it sounds plausable. In Northeast Indiana we have patches of forests.mixed in with large fields. Deer meat tested for Roundup residue from this area must surely be in a different range than deer from the Rockies.

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    • I’ve seen many deer hanging out in a GM corn field near my husband’s aunt’s house in Southern Indiana, every time we visit. We’re not hunters, or venison eaters, but I’ve often thought it’s really not a safe, clean meat, like everyone thinks. Unless the meat is coming from an area where there are absolutely no GM corn or soybean fields.

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    • The grazing livestock are also exposed to the runoff from these fields. The local municipal water co. post a warning in the paper every spring stating that the city water exceeds the limit for ag chemicals. This is due to runoff into the reservoir. If you drink the water you may as well eat the deer.

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  37. This insanity won’t let up until the American people AS A WHOLE stop allowing the government to CONTROL every aspect of our lives! When is enough going to be ENOUGH!?

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  38. I think that a lot of people are looking in the wrong place. Those folks in the health department have rules and they don’t get paid to think (likely get fired if they tried to). When you find something this stupid always ask “Who profits”. Fix that problem and a lot of other things will cease to be a problem.

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  39. Corinne Colbert via Facebook February 28, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Not only is that stupid, I agree it should have been returned. The fact that their concern for the wildlife who may consume the meat in the trash and die is also crazy. Those deer gave their life to feed the hungry. Does that not have value?

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  40. I was talking with someone just this past weekend who said they’d tried to give Venison to a homeless shelter and the shelter told them they couldn’t take it. I live in Maryland, near the Pennsylvania line. The person took the venison to a shelter in PA and they accepted it. Nice one, MD regulators.

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  41. I live in Canada, across the river from Detroit. A few years ago the city health department poured bleach over sandwiches that a charitable organization had provided at a festival as a fund-raiser. This, even though it had been been happening for many years.
    The provincial health department banned kibbeh, a Middle Eastern raw meat that has been a traditional dish for centuries, from all restaurants, This resulted because some people became sick eating raw supermarket meat made in their home.

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  42. Sometimes the bureaucrats are brainwashed about what’s healthy and what’s not, just like the rest of the population. They’re trying to protect people, but like everyone else, they follow the US food pyramid. How many bureaucrats or non-bureacrats in the US believe that lard or liver is healthy? Very few! The government is not the problem, it’s all of the poor food marketing by the food police and corporations!

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  43. So then what are your thoughts on the VCJD (a variation of the “mad cow,” which affects wild game)? Does mad cow disease actually exist? If so, nearly all of us could be at grave risk. In theory the only way to destroy this prion would be exposure to extreme temperature; otherwise it would remain in our soil and water as well, correct? If that is in fact the case, I for one would steer clear of any deer meat and advise any sane person do the same. # Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

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  44. Question (followup) March 2, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    I am just saying the threat of “Mad Cow” is either greatly over- or under- reported (not sure which). I would like to believe speculation, which states the prion could actually be more of a symptom than the cause – potentially the result of autoimmune disease, magnesium deficiency, etc. If not, I am concerned many of us reading this article could already be carriers, through no fault of our own. I figure the members of this site can give me a fair evaluation of this subject; it would be much appreciated!

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    • Wild food is becoming problematic, since civilization/farms are encroaching nature more and more, and wildlife are finding their environment is becoming more and more the very farms that bound them. Farms in which they can eat gmo crops or contract prions from improperly raised livestock, and then spread them over to other deer. With wild, far ranging game, like deer, to my sensibilities, it is a risk, since I don’t have the knowledge of what that deer ate, or if it came into contact with other infected animals/pastures. I believe in the US and Canada, at least, to be safe, one can only assume prions are out and about in the wild. An infected animal may not show symptoms until old, so you really will never know.

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  45. Erin Bark via Facebook March 7, 2013 at 8:15 am

    The government has to control that wild real food! Can’t have people undermining the pink slime now, can we?

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  46. Jessie Bible Yang via Facebook March 7, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Several years ago now, a herd of deer that was living near the Philly airport & which was a safety issue because of deer that would come onto the runway was thinned out / removed by sharp-shooters. All of this meat was donated to local foodbanks. So not everyone is crazy.

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  47. John Wright via Facebook March 7, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Why did not the hostel cook or give it away quickly? was the hostel supervised while they did this?

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  48. Nina King via Facebook March 7, 2013 at 8:43 am

    That’s the point, it’s one of the healthiest meats to eat- they don’t want anyone eating healthy! They make billions off of us being diseased!

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  49. I read this last week. In my freezer I have venison, rabbit, and pheasant. I am so happy that my dad is a hunter and can provide me with good healthy meat for myself and my family. It makes me sick to my stomach to think about all of that venison going to waste when it should have provided someone hungry with a meal. I also worry about how it will mpact the hunters who donated the meat. They may be discouraged from donating again after this incident.

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  50. Erica Thomas via Facebook March 7, 2013 at 9:11 am

    We are reliving the Great Depression where the govt destroys perfectly good food. Look at all the raw milk raids too?

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  51. Lisa Schriever Fulsom via Facebook March 7, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Maria- where did you read that there was lead in the meat? I read “According to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, the agency received a complaint that deer meat was being served at the mission. State regulations bar food establishments from serving hunted deer meat. “

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  52. Just one more case of idiotic “gov’t approved” bureaucratic buffoonery. My brother in law is a hunter and this story is so wrong in so many ways. And such a waste. I guess it will just have to be the usual genetically modified, CDC approved frankenfood for the homeless in these shelters. No venison soup for YOU!!!

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  53. Vike Sandiford via Facebook March 7, 2013 at 9:58 am

    They are probably against spring water, too, because it comes from the ground. Unless, of course, it’s been chlorinated, floridated, and bottled in plastic.

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  54. Christina Mason Priestley via Facebook March 7, 2013 at 10:25 am

    I have read that article….it is crazy and what a waste…..our main meats are venison and salmon…I have cooked for our homeless community program and I cook venison dishes…..everyone likes it….most people never know it is venison….the ones who do are glad it is venison….and I am not going to the store to buy special meat we don’t eat to cook for the homeless meal…I cook what I cook for my family….

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  55. Elizabeth Proctor via Facebook March 7, 2013 at 11:10 am

    There are a lot of very stupid, ignorant people, who have drunk way too much koolaid, some parts of the world. Just sayin…

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  56. Karen Sage B via Facebook March 7, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Sick! Unconscionable! Make your voice heard over such atrocities, and do what you can to change things.

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  57. Frances Lehner Rorer via Facebook March 7, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Obviously no one from the Louisiana Dept of Health ever ate at a world class restaurant. Some top notch restaurants charge $35-$50 a plate for a venison steak.

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  58. Susan Sullivan via Facebook March 7, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    forcing folks to eat that kind of food feeds the medical and pharma industries. it’s all a plan..

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  59. James Howell via Facebook March 7, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    LOL. “What’s wrong with these crazy bureaucrats?” They’re liberals! What else can one expect from such people?

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  60. What a waste….I approached our feed the poor and hungry association here, asked about the quality of nutrition and did they see the need to offset the foods served to the poor and how it did not compute given high rates of blood pressure and blood sugar illnesses in this locale population………they did not like my inquiry one little bit, end of story! Sheesh

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  61. Denise Ribbecke via Facebook March 7, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    James Howell, sorry not all liberals agree with this. I am one. I love my venison, I love to hunt and I think homeless people shoud be able to eat venison, a good healthy meat. No need to try and insult people. I don’t appreciate being lumped in with people who come up with such idiotic laws.

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  62. Caroline Hall via Facebook March 7, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    No one can eat healthy food… We need to eat processed sh!t so that we are unhealthy and need Big Pharma. Also, an unhealthy nation is easier for a dictator to take over!!

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  63. Everyone who is “shocked” by this, really, REALLY needs to watch the excellent documentary Farmageddon. They focus on local farms being raided and having raw milk dumped on the ground, livestock killed, and farmers arrested. This is not about waste or stupidity, but rather public health over non-regulated/illegal food products” The deer meat would have been considered unregulated and thus, “not meeting public health requirements”. It’s horrible and we should be outraged, but we should not be surprised or misidentify what this is actually about, not if we are paying attention…

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  66. I work for a Health Dept and here are facts. The inspectors responding to the complaint had no choice, the deer meat is from an unapproved source and is therefore considered a public health hazard. All public health hazards have to be corrected on the spot per public health law so the product had to be discarded and denatured. Using chorine is a way of distroying the product, not so wild animals can’t have it but to satisfy public health law. If people don’t like this than contact your lawmakers to change the laws.

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