Louisiana: Homeless Can't Eat Deer Meat (UPDATED w/ Press Conference)Submitted by MikeFWT210 on Tue, 02/26/2013 - 09:38
The Louisiana Dept. of Health and Hospitals would rather the homeless go hungry than let them eat deer steaks provided by generous hunters.
That law has hunters across the Sportsman’s Paradise outraged after 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.
The Dept. of Health and Hospitals ordered the staff at the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission to throw 1,600 pounds of donated venison in garbage bins – and then ordered then to douse the meat with Clorox – so other animals would not eat the meat.
UPDATE: Louisiana State Lawmaker Jeff Thompson gets interviewed by KEEL 710am Radio
“Unfortunately, it looks like somebody just pulled the trigger too quick, so to speak,” Thompson says. “[Health department officials] really didn’t check around to find out what options there were.”
YouTube Press Conference 2/25/2013:
Rep. Thompson: “I am pleased to be able to report at this time that steps have been taken to ensure that no similar actions of destruction of similarly donated food will occur again in Louisiana, and that appropriate revision of existing policies and law which ensure food safety are under review and will occur”