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

by Sarah Activism, Healthy LivingComments: 172

deer meat not allowed for the homeless

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.

The former Mayor of New York City, otherwise known as Nanny Bloomberg, famously 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. It seems the state would have be more comfortable if the hunters had donated this form of venison instead!

Yes, just as ridiculous!

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


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

Bloomberg Bans Food Donations for the Homeless

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Comments (172)

  • Stanley Fishman

    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.

    February 27th, 2013 11:32 am Reply
  • Lynn A Roberts via Facebook

    Maybe they’re worried they’ll start to get healthier and stronger???

    February 27th, 2013 11:36 am Reply
    • Stanley Fishman

      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.

      February 27th, 2013 6:13 pm Reply
  • Stephanie Sanders via Facebook

    Why?? Really the things I read lately make me want to scream!

    February 27th, 2013 11:36 am Reply
  • Jessica Cobb via Facebook

    Thank you, thank you for sharing this!

    February 27th, 2013 11:37 am Reply
  • Candace Barnthouse Spaur via Facebook

    Venison is one of the meats I prefer!

    February 27th, 2013 11:37 am Reply
  • Veronica Gallegos via Facebook

    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…!!

    February 27th, 2013 11:37 am Reply
    • jmr

      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.

      February 27th, 2013 12:29 pm Reply
      • lanzy

        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.

        February 27th, 2013 3:30 pm Reply
        • TinaC

          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.

          March 7th, 2013 8:49 am Reply
  • Al Lumnah via Facebook

    So sickening!!

    February 27th, 2013 11:38 am Reply
  • Katherine Jenson via Facebook

    Not compatible with the GMO’s they have forced to eat!

    February 27th, 2013 11:38 am Reply
  • Sheilla Paige via Facebook

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

    February 27th, 2013 11:38 am Reply
  • Katy Widger

    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??

    February 27th, 2013 11:39 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      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.

      February 27th, 2013 11:53 am Reply
      • Rebecca

        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.

        February 27th, 2013 12:04 pm Reply
        • Kathleen

          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!!

          February 28th, 2013 1:53 pm Reply
  • Danielle @ More Than Four Walls

    This is bizarre and ridiculous.

    We eat venison, actually 95% of our red meat consumption is venison from deer we harvest and we’ve never gotten sick from it.

    Diseased deer can easily be identified and if one has CWD it’s my understanding humans cannot get CWD so what is their reasoning?


    February 27th, 2013 11:39 am Reply
  • Rafael Robles via Facebook

    From the state that made impossible to find raw milk. Glad I moved out of Louisiana!

    February 27th, 2013 11:39 am Reply
  • Matt Marie McClanahan via Facebook

    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.

    February 27th, 2013 11:40 am Reply
  • An Organic Wife via Facebook

    Well now wild animals will probably lick the Clorox and die.

    February 27th, 2013 11:44 am Reply
  • Wanda Puckett Shuster via Facebook

    Amazing! Ugh.

    February 27th, 2013 11:44 am Reply
  • Julianna Rae Bianez-Crabbe via Facebook

    this is the most retarded and unsettling thing ever. people are horrible… and deer meat is a good one, i bet those hungry people are going to be mad

    February 27th, 2013 11:45 am Reply
  • Megan Schneider via Facebook

    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.

    February 27th, 2013 11:45 am Reply
  • Kathy Pilarcik Deutsch via Facebook

    those animals died, they should be utilized.

    February 27th, 2013 11:45 am Reply

      I absolutely agree. What happened to respecting the animal who lost its life to become food? How senseless those deaths were.

      March 2nd, 2013 7:09 am Reply
  • Maryann Tia Engel Goldman via Facebook


    February 27th, 2013 11:45 am Reply
  • thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook

    I guess animals are now supposed to be vegan too to save the earth?

    February 27th, 2013 11:46 am Reply
  • thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook

    At the very least, the meat should have been returned to those that donated it so it would not be senselessly wasted.

    February 27th, 2013 11:46 am Reply
    • Joyce

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

      February 28th, 2013 1:56 am Reply
  • Kathy Pilarcik Deutsch via Facebook

    Carnivore stomachs are made to handle rotting meat bacteria. In the Middle Ages, meat was hung for a long time to make it more digestible. And of course, butchers hang meat for up to a month to tenderize it.

    February 27th, 2013 11:47 am Reply
  • Karen Blake Chandler via Facebook

    Bureaucrats running amok at its best!

    February 27th, 2013 11:48 am Reply
  • Rebecca Rose Heidenreich via Facebook

    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…

    February 27th, 2013 11:50 am Reply
  • Melba Pierce via Facebook

    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…

    February 27th, 2013 11:50 am Reply
  • Rebecca

    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…

    February 27th, 2013 11:52 am Reply
  • Judy Derrickson via Facebook

    I believe it was ILLEGAL at best to destroy it. Game laws control the use of deer meat. they had no “ownership” of it, even if they prohibited it from being fed to the homeless.

    February 27th, 2013 11:53 am Reply
    • kitblu

      Who will sue them? I believe it needs to be done, else a precedent is set.

      March 7th, 2013 10:06 pm Reply
  • Dawn Lane via Facebook

    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.

    February 27th, 2013 11:54 am Reply
    • Beth Michaels

      Ha–Good point! “Since when did wild animals get sick on other wild animals?”

      February 27th, 2013 12:15 pm Reply
  • Karen Marie via Facebook

    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.

    February 27th, 2013 11:57 am Reply
  • Marie Camp via Facebook

    Just once I wish these idiots can change lives with these people and give a taste to what hunger is all about.

    February 27th, 2013 11:58 am Reply
  • Debbie

    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.

    February 27th, 2013 11:58 am Reply
    • kitblu

      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.

      March 7th, 2013 10:11 pm Reply
  • Jennifer Narlee Horstman via Facebook

    Are they worried about the city rats getting sick ?? Doubt it very much!!

    February 27th, 2013 12:00 pm Reply
  • Christina McKinley Snover via Facebook

    1600 lbs with no good reason! Unbelievable!

    February 27th, 2013 12:01 pm Reply
  • Sharon Nazzaro via Facebook

    Why are they doing this? We eat venison.

    February 27th, 2013 12:04 pm Reply
  • Jennifer Merritt Price via Facebook

    This makes me sad. Our gov is out of control.

    February 27th, 2013 12:06 pm Reply
  • Molly Asmus via Facebook

    I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.

    February 27th, 2013 12:06 pm Reply
  • Catherine Lane via Facebook

    sure hope this doesn’t become a widespread practice!!

    February 27th, 2013 12:08 pm Reply
  • Brittany Ardito

    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!

    February 27th, 2013 12:09 pm Reply
  • Nancy Jones via Facebook

    They get no state or federal aid so who are they to make that decision anyway?

    February 27th, 2013 12:10 pm Reply
    • kitblu


      March 7th, 2013 10:12 pm Reply
  • Krista Stauffer via Facebook

    Wow… ugh!

    February 27th, 2013 12:28 pm Reply
  • Kathryn Simmons McDonald via Facebook

    no need to destroy it, send it my way!

    February 27th, 2013 12:29 pm Reply
  • jmr

    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.

    February 27th, 2013 12:35 pm Reply
    • l.b.

      Amen.. Too many people are in the dark about the crazy things that go on.. Just another form of “People control”

      February 27th, 2013 6:08 pm Reply
  • Tanya

    This is so crazy to throw away perfectly good deer meat!!! Absolutely crazy!

    February 27th, 2013 12:43 pm Reply
  • Rachel Reagan via Facebook


    February 27th, 2013 12:46 pm Reply
  • Andrea

    I am so utterly disgusted by these kinds of injustices being committed by our system that is purportedly promoting justice. UGH!

    February 27th, 2013 12:46 pm Reply
  • Donna Grzesik via Facebook

    Incredible but not surprising…not any more!!!!

    February 27th, 2013 12:53 pm Reply
  • jim correll


    February 27th, 2013 1:01 pm Reply
    • Desiree

      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!

      February 27th, 2013 3:27 pm Reply
  • Sandy Estrada via Facebook

    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.

    February 27th, 2013 1:03 pm Reply
  • Viki Worley via Facebook

    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?!

    February 27th, 2013 1:05 pm Reply
  • Billy Brown via Facebook

    What else would you expect to happen in a “Free Nation”

    February 27th, 2013 1:15 pm Reply
  • Vote Yes on CA Prop 37 via Facebook

    Sandy E, hate to quote Faux, but….

    February 27th, 2013 1:20 pm Reply
  • Donnie

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

    February 27th, 2013 1:33 pm Reply
  • Kirstin Lanway via Facebook

    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.

    February 27th, 2013 1:39 pm Reply
  • Kirstin Lanway via Facebook

    Not all hunters butcher their deer but take it to their local butcher. We have done both.

    February 27th, 2013 1:41 pm Reply
  • Susan


    February 27th, 2013 1:46 pm Reply
  • Patricia

    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.

    February 27th, 2013 1:52 pm Reply
  • Phalaenopsis

    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.

    February 27th, 2013 2:03 pm Reply
    • Claire

      Yup…Thats the long and short of it.
      Goyim genocide here and now.

      March 5th, 2013 1:43 am Reply
    • Mark

      yup, welcome to the socialist Nanny State

      July 3rd, 2014 4:18 am Reply
  • Sandy Estrada via Facebook

    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……

    February 27th, 2013 2:04 pm Reply
  • Kirstin Lanway via Facebook

    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 :)

    February 27th, 2013 2:15 pm Reply
  • sande

    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.

    February 27th, 2013 2:22 pm Reply
  • Chanda Johnson via Facebook

    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.

    February 27th, 2013 2:25 pm Reply
  • Jennifer

    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.

    February 27th, 2013 2:39 pm Reply
  • Vince

    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.

    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.

    February 27th, 2013 2:47 pm Reply
    • Rachel

      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.

      March 1st, 2013 1:08 am Reply
      • Vince

        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.

        March 1st, 2013 2:23 pm Reply
    • DRK

      It’s about who owns me, and who decides what I am permitted to eat.

      March 1st, 2013 10:50 am Reply
      • Vince

        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.

        March 1st, 2013 2:32 pm Reply
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  • Fiona

    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.

    February 27th, 2013 5:00 pm Reply
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  • Cynthia Kroll via Facebook

    so why not donate to another homeless shelter so we destroy perfectly good food,this country wastes so much sad

    February 27th, 2013 5:18 pm Reply
  • Helen T

    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.

    February 27th, 2013 5:31 pm Reply
  • Sissaly

    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.

    February 27th, 2013 5:42 pm Reply
  • Cathy Raymond

    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!

    February 27th, 2013 6:05 pm Reply
    • DRK

      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?

      March 1st, 2013 11:01 am Reply
  • Kelli

    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,.

    February 27th, 2013 6:05 pm Reply
    • Kelli

      ‘processed food as if they aren’t’ is what I meant.

      February 27th, 2013 6:06 pm Reply
      • Helen T

        And we know that Big Ag and Big Pharma write the laws.

        February 28th, 2013 2:11 am Reply
        • Claire

          Aha=)…Who owns them?

          March 5th, 2013 1:51 am Reply
  • Anastasia @ eco-babyz

    This is SICK. Our government makes me literally sick to my stomach. I’m going to refrain from what I really want to say.


    February 27th, 2013 6:21 pm Reply
  • Linda McNary via Facebook

    They don’t want these people healthy or dependant upon themselves then they cant control them….

    February 27th, 2013 6:43 pm Reply
  • Linda Scott Tyler via Facebook

    Just outrageous!

    February 27th, 2013 6:49 pm Reply
  • Jen

    Typical “health” official. They could care less about the health of the public.

    February 27th, 2013 7:04 pm Reply
  • Rebecca K. Agner via Facebook

    That had to be a Peta person or some one anti hunting that would do such a thing… such a waste of good for you chemical free meat.

    February 27th, 2013 7:41 pm Reply
  • Susanna Martin via Facebook

    UN. BE. LIEVABLE. This makes me so angry!

    February 27th, 2013 8:35 pm Reply
  • Celina Davis via Facebook


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  • Ruth Gallagher via Facebook


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  • Leota

    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!

    February 27th, 2013 11:14 pm Reply
  • Michelle Goldstein

    Such a crazy state of affairs. Thank you for your excellent reporting! Your articles are truely top notch.

    February 27th, 2013 11:34 pm Reply
  • Helen T

    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.

    February 28th, 2013 2:09 am Reply
    • Jen

      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.

      February 28th, 2013 12:47 pm Reply
    • DRK

      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.

      March 1st, 2013 11:14 am Reply
  • Joyce

    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!?

    February 28th, 2013 2:40 am Reply
  • Rick

    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.

    February 28th, 2013 3:12 am Reply
  • DK

    There is always a loving solution ! Why is there so much left over deer meat? Thank you deer friends for sharing <3

    February 28th, 2013 8:33 am Reply
  • Harry Giberson via Facebook

    Can you say unintended consequences? Another job well done by big government…NOT.

    February 28th, 2013 11:49 am Reply
  • Corinne Colbert via Facebook

    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?

    February 28th, 2013 12:01 pm Reply
  • Rachael

    This makes me so angry.

    February 28th, 2013 12:24 pm Reply
  • Mandie

    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.

    February 28th, 2013 2:46 pm Reply
  • kitblu

    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.

    February 28th, 2013 5:25 pm Reply
  • Hi

    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!

    February 28th, 2013 7:29 pm Reply
  • nicolew

    This makes me so mad. I would have been happy to take that meat.

    March 2nd, 2013 12:15 am Reply
  • Question

    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

    March 2nd, 2013 2:17 pm Reply
  • Question (followup)

    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!

    March 2nd, 2013 5:48 pm Reply
    • Vince

      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.

      March 4th, 2013 3:23 pm Reply
    • ronfroms’port

      You are referencing the prion found in certain deer and elk populations,I believe.this is primarily in Colorado and Wyoming.the deer in northwest louisiana are known to be prion free(due to goverment testing).i am from the area and had occaision to both serve and eat the food at this particular rescue mission from the article.i know for a personal fact that the people who run the place go out of thier way to feed these people the best food that they possibly can.they dont just feed the folks who stay there either,but also anybody who comes there off the street for what is often the only meal they’ve eaten all day.also hunting and eating deer is really big in the shreveport/bossier area,part of everyday life.and yes,there are fine resteraunts that serve venison there as well,so how is that meat inspected and allowed but this meat is deemed unacceptable and no way to inspect it

      April 23rd, 2015 9:05 pm Reply
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    March 3rd, 2013 7:52 am Reply
  • Erin Bark via Facebook

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

    March 7th, 2013 8:15 am Reply
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  • Jessie Bible Yang via Facebook

    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.

    March 7th, 2013 8:20 am Reply
  • Lynne Dyer via Facebook


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  • Maria Hayes O’Connell via Facebook

    There was lead in this meat.

    March 7th, 2013 8:28 am Reply
  • John Wright via Facebook

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

    March 7th, 2013 8:32 am Reply
  • John Wright via Facebook

    If there was lead in the meat then maybe a safty issue.

    March 7th, 2013 8:33 am Reply
  • Nina King via Facebook

    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!

    March 7th, 2013 8:43 am Reply
  • Tracy Fite via Facebook

    Makes me sick!

    March 7th, 2013 8:47 am Reply
  • Kristine Smith Cocchiarella via Facebook

    That should be criminal!

    March 7th, 2013 8:53 am Reply
  • Crystal Kornmeyer via Facebook

    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.

    March 7th, 2013 9:01 am Reply
  • Jeffrey Joseph via Facebook

    Can I steel your comment Sarah? I’m steeling it!

    March 7th, 2013 9:01 am Reply
  • Donna Grzesik via Facebook

    Makes no sense to me….there was nothing wrong with the meat!

    March 7th, 2013 9:09 am Reply
  • Erica Thomas via Facebook

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

    March 7th, 2013 9:11 am Reply
  • Karen Blake Chandler via Facebook

    Well just think if it were you and you were one of the just isolated 1600 lbs just a thought!

    March 7th, 2013 9:15 am Reply
  • Lisa Schriever Fulsom via Facebook

    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. “

    March 7th, 2013 9:26 am Reply
  • Samantha Russo Llopiz via Facebook

    This is so messed up. )-:

    March 7th, 2013 9:31 am Reply
  • Jessica Cecrle via Facebook

    This is outrageous, and senseless, I can hardly stand the idiocy!!!!

    March 7th, 2013 9:39 am Reply
  • Helen Kyriacou Rainey via Facebook

    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!!!

    March 7th, 2013 9:55 am Reply
  • Allyson McQuinn via Facebook

    Sweet Jaysus!

    March 7th, 2013 9:58 am Reply
  • Vike Sandiford via Facebook

    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.

    March 7th, 2013 9:58 am Reply
  • Christina Mason Priestley via Facebook

    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….

    March 7th, 2013 10:25 am Reply
  • Elena Boyko Gallenberger via Facebook

    Totally insane!

    March 7th, 2013 10:27 am Reply
  • Rebecca K. Agner via Facebook

    People are so stupid!

    March 7th, 2013 10:33 am Reply
  • Erin Tidwell Tovar via Facebook


    March 7th, 2013 11:01 am Reply
  • Charles Clark Peebles via Facebook

    Heard about this… Are these shelters state sponsored?

    March 7th, 2013 11:01 am Reply
  • Elizabeth Proctor via Facebook

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

    March 7th, 2013 11:10 am Reply
  • James Mayer via Facebook


    March 7th, 2013 11:12 am Reply
  • Karen Sage B via Facebook

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

    March 7th, 2013 11:31 am Reply
  • Frances Lehner Rorer via Facebook

    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.

    March 7th, 2013 11:54 am Reply
  • Greg Barker via Facebook

    The ONLY reason this happens is because the government cannot let it be known that we don’t need them, we are perfectly capable of taking care of others.

    March 7th, 2013 11:58 am Reply
  • Paul Hardiman via Facebook

    It has to do with liability & chain of custody. And yes this episode is indeed unfortunate. There might be a lesson learned here.

    March 7th, 2013 12:22 pm Reply
  • Paul Hardiman via Facebook

    The ‘lead’ in the meat was probably a referential jest with respect to the bullets used to kill the deer.

    March 7th, 2013 12:25 pm Reply
  • Melinda Nelson via Facebook

    Have you heard about the Wellness Committee’s in schools? It sounds like the same.

    March 7th, 2013 1:06 pm Reply
  • Susan Sullivan via Facebook

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

    March 7th, 2013 2:06 pm Reply
  • Lynne Bisnar via Facebook

    Stupid! throwing natural food is a disgrace!

    March 7th, 2013 3:05 pm Reply
  • James Howell via Facebook

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

    March 7th, 2013 3:13 pm Reply
  • Jean McCoy via Facebook

    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

    March 7th, 2013 3:30 pm Reply
  • Denise Ribbecke via Facebook

    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.

    March 7th, 2013 3:32 pm Reply
  • Caroline Hall via Facebook

    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!!

    March 7th, 2013 4:37 pm Reply
  • Deborah Chisholm via Facebook

    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…

    March 7th, 2013 7:35 pm Reply
  • El Temeroso via Facebook

    Who was the poacher who murdered 1600 lbs worth of deer meat???

    March 7th, 2013 9:08 pm Reply
  • Joyce Lenardson via Facebook

    Someday those wasteful people may go hungry!

    March 7th, 2013 11:38 pm Reply
  • Aimee Clark via Facebook

    Toby gp.t bgbhn…. oo

    March 8th, 2013 1:18 am Reply
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  • Derek

    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.

    December 22nd, 2013 8:22 am Reply
    • Matt

      you are a parasite, that is a fact.

      April 23rd, 2015 5:59 pm Reply
    • Becky

      So….eating fake food like McDonald’s is a lot safer than actual NATURAL hunted game? There’s a difference between arrogance and safety—and the health department is far from common sense safety.

      April 23rd, 2015 6:23 pm Reply

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