Hunters across Louisiana are outraged after state health officials ordered a rescue mission to destroy $8,000 worth of deer meat because venison is not allowed to be served in homeless shelters.
“Deer meat is not permitted to be served in a shelter, restaurant or any other public eating establishment in Louisiana,” said a Health Dept. official in an email to Fox News. “While we applaud the good intentions of the hunters who donated this meat, we must protect the people who eat at the Rescue Mission, and we cannot allow a potentially serious health threat to endanger the public.”
A potentially serious health threat? The operator of the mission, a man named Henry Martin, said that this was 1,600 pounds of perfectly good, fresh, protein-rich venison. It should be noted that Mr. Martin is as exasperated as hunters are over this petty and bull—t government intrusion.
To add insult to injury, the health officials ordered the mission staff to throw all the meat in garbage bins and then douse it with Clorox so animals (rats, coons, etc.) would not eat it and become sick or die. “This is a process called ‘denaturing,’” the health officials said.
I am not making this up.
Insult to injury #2: “They meant to destroy the meat – that’s for sure,” the mission’s chef said. The chef asked if he could at least return the meat to the processing plant, but the state officials said no.
If this could happen in the southern Sportsman’s Paradise, what about New York, Cali, etc.? It could undermine Hunters for the Hungry as we know it.
I leave you with this: This fiasco started when one person being fed at the rescue mission (which receives NO government funds and depends solely on the donations of good people) complained about being fed deer meat. So what should they feed, filet? IMO this has zero to do with health, it’s just another example of how the entitlement mentality is seeping into all facets of our lives.