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Is roadkill a viable meat source? - 'Harvesting the highway" is becoming more and more prevalent
guardian.co.uk ^ | Sept. 13, 2009 | Lucy Siegle

Posted on 09/20/2009 5:15:28 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

Presumably following the maxim of "waste not, want not", utilising roadkill has become a trend. In the UK, top forager Fergus Drennan (www.wildmanwildfood.com) has taken to holding roadkill suppers.

In Australia one Les Hall published a handy guidebook to spotting deceased species on the road.

And in Canada designer Amy Nugent has taken things a step further, "harvesting" highway hits from bears and moose (what you might call megafauna) through to porcupines to fashion a celebrated jewellery range (www.roadquill.ca) that includes bracelets and tie slides.

I'm not completely blind to the ethical reasoning here.

The first rule of sustainability is that humanity should use abundance, and there is sadly an abundance of roadkill; at one famed US junction (Highway 27 at Lake Jackson near Tallahassee, Florida), a turtle has a 98.86% chance of being squished, while on our roads the People's Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) estimates that 1-2% of the national population of hedgehogs, around 15,000, is killed on roads each year.

Secondly, carrion appeals to those who hate waste and, as one prolific UK roadkill consumer puts it, out of 40 carcasses found here, 20 will be edible, which may seem like good odds for something that's free. Finally and sensationally, animal rights campaigners tend to give roadkill the green light, including Peta, which deems roadkill meat acceptable fodder, as it's meat that hasn't come courtesy of the "barbaric" meat industry.

But it's hardly a natural end. The sustainability argument is undermined by the fact that roadkill is interlinked with the automobile and road-building sectors (both known for their thumping environmental and carbon footprints). After all, cyclists don't take out much native wildlife.

According to a study by Royal Holloway and Bedford university, hedgehogs have the poorest road skills.

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TOPICS: Food; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: roadkill
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1 posted on 09/20/2009 5:15:28 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

As long as the animal isn’t all mangled, there’s nothing wrong with wintertime roadkill.


2 posted on 09/20/2009 5:16:58 PM PDT by fso301
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To: Free ThinkerNY

YYYEEEWWWWW


3 posted on 09/20/2009 5:19:40 PM PDT by briarbey b (There is nothing new under the sun.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

once i happened upon a deputy just as he gave a fat doe the kill shot - Yummmm - moist and tender right off the fender - another time my buddys wife hit one - it literally had the chevy emblem pressed into its flesh when i skinned it - Ive gotten 3-4 deer like this and 1 turkey that was hit by an ambulance in front of me


4 posted on 09/20/2009 5:21:02 PM PDT by Revelation 911 (How many 100's of 1000's of our servicemen died so we would never bow to a king?" -freeper pnh102)
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To: fso301
As long as it is a fresh road kill, like venison, eat away. In Michigan deer are considered vermin there are so many...I saw one get hit in front of my house and called the police because the guy behind the car that hit it stopped and said it was still alive...One cop car came to check it out and said it was dead, then another cop showed up to look it over. They asked me if I wanted it and I said no. One of the cops left and came back about 20 minutes later and threw it in back of his pickup truck...

A righteous road kill can taste great....but with maggots on it that is a no no..

5 posted on 09/20/2009 5:23:00 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: Free ThinkerNY

6 posted on 09/20/2009 5:24:55 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Life, Liberty and the Department of Happiness)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

All fair in love and protein acquisition.


7 posted on 09/20/2009 5:25:17 PM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (Warning: Sarcasm/humor is always engaged. Failure to recognize this may lead to misunderstandings.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

It depends on whether the toxic areas have burst and contaminated the meat. It also depends on the animal itself whether it had any diseases. It also depends on how soon after the tire tread/bumper you find it.

Years ago the law in NJ was that if you hit a deer, you could keep it to butcher...AFTER you went to a station and declared it. The problem was that the meat was spoiled by that time. I believe they changed the law so that, if you hit one, you can just take it. A friend shared an awful story about that, but I’ll spare freepers the details.


8 posted on 09/20/2009 5:25:52 PM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (I'd rather be a teabagger than an ankle-grabber.)
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9 posted on 09/20/2009 5:26:28 PM PDT by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

If it eats grass and it’s still warm, you’re dumb to pass it up. I smacked a big buck in Missouri and while he was still skidding down the road, I was thinking of where my knife was. Sadly, he got up and scrambled into the woods.


10 posted on 09/20/2009 5:32:39 PM PDT by lurk
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To: libertarian27

HYSTERICAL........LOL


11 posted on 09/20/2009 5:33:37 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: Free ThinkerNY

varmint again tonite, Honey? now what did ya hit?


12 posted on 09/20/2009 5:34:09 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Road kill butchering tip: sawzall goes through bone like butter.


13 posted on 09/20/2009 5:34:30 PM PDT by lurk
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I think there are a few states that allow you to remove roadkill no questions asked. MI is one of them.


14 posted on 09/20/2009 5:35:24 PM PDT by LiberConservative (Obama is white.)
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To: Revelation 911

I nailed one doe and almost took out two elk ,, I was lucky that night ,, ya got to dress them out quick, and get em to a meat locker or butcher to get processed..


15 posted on 09/20/2009 5:36:25 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: Daffynition

A skunk is not a righteous kill daffy......just glad it wasn’t a coon...I have been told coon taste good, but you have to pick all the buckshot out of it first... LOL


16 posted on 09/20/2009 5:36:44 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: Daffynition

OOOP I looked again and it isn’t even a skunk...What is that? Must be mystery meat...


17 posted on 09/20/2009 5:39:01 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: lurk
If it eats grass and it’s still warm, you’re dumb to pass it up. I smacked a big buck in Missouri and while he was still skidding down the road, I was thinking of where my knife was. Sadly, he got up and scrambled into the woods.*********

I'll bet you said "damn there goes dinner" LOL

18 posted on 09/20/2009 5:42:38 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: Free ThinkerNY

You gotta be fast to keep yourself off of the menu.


19 posted on 09/20/2009 5:44:12 PM PDT by reg45 (Be calm everyone. The idiot children are in charge!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

20 posted on 09/20/2009 5:47:24 PM PDT by Dallas59
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To: libertarian27

LOL


21 posted on 09/20/2009 5:47:42 PM PDT by GOPJ (When I hear "New York Times"-fair or unfair-what I hear is "New York Times Whore House"...)
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To: goat granny

Not skunk - stripe goes the wrong way.


22 posted on 09/20/2009 5:48:48 PM PDT by reg45 (Be calm everyone. The idiot children are in charge!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Fresh roadkill? On your way to town, put an X next to the road kill - on the way home anything without an “X” is fresh... ( old joke )


23 posted on 09/20/2009 5:49:45 PM PDT by GOPJ (When I hear "New York Times"-fair or unfair-what I hear is "New York Times Whore House"...)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Here in Alaska during the winter its colder outside than most deep freezers, we have a lot of people here that actively harvest moose collisions.

Though I can’t seem to get the seasoning right when I make Subaru Sausage.


24 posted on 09/20/2009 5:50:58 PM PDT by Eye of Unk ("If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace." T. Paine)
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To: goat granny
I have been told coon taste good, but you have to pick all the buckshot out of it first

Not if it's got tread marks.

25 posted on 09/20/2009 5:51:01 PM PDT by reg45 (Be calm everyone. The idiot children are in charge!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

In Kalifornia, road kill is illegal...


26 posted on 09/20/2009 5:51:39 PM PDT by Randy Larsen ( BTW, If I offend you! Please let me know, I may want to offend you again!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Not all road kill is good to eat.


27 posted on 09/20/2009 5:52:41 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (Your It.)
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To: reg45

I hate coons, tread marks are better.......but anyway to dispatch those mean demons are good..


28 posted on 09/20/2009 5:55:08 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: goat granny

Badger (Taxidea taxis)

Tough critter...needs marinating and slow cooking; probably LOL

29 posted on 09/20/2009 5:55:51 PM PDT by Dust in the Wind
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The amount of roadkill in Florida is absolutely prodigious. The trucks on the the Tamiami Trail picking up the morning roadkill are constantly filling up.


30 posted on 09/20/2009 5:57:51 PM PDT by denydenydeny ("I'm sure this goes against everything you've been taught, but right and wrong do exist"-Dr House)
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To: Dust in the Wind

Thanks for clearing that up for me...I sure couldn’t figure it out...not too many badgers in Michigan.


31 posted on 09/20/2009 5:58:19 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I always have a good amount of venison “road kill jerky” over the winter.

Friends of mine know I make it and bring me any good, clean kills, and in return we both get great jerky!


32 posted on 09/20/2009 5:58:26 PM PDT by airborne (Don't let history record that, when faced with evil, you did nothing!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Hoping to freak everyone out who reads this post, the answer is very simple: it depends.

5.56mm

33 posted on 09/20/2009 6:00:17 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: Free ThinkerNY
http://www.roadkilltoys.com/component/page,shop.browse/category_id,5/option,com_virtuemart/Itemid,80/

Road kill stuffed animals.


34 posted on 09/20/2009 6:00:56 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (Your It.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Mmmm,mmm nothing says good eatin’ like a big stack of flat-cats still warm from the road!


35 posted on 09/20/2009 6:01:54 PM PDT by skepsel
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Eat around the tire marks Billy, it’s your favorite turtlini.


36 posted on 09/20/2009 6:25:22 PM PDT by dangerdoc
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To: Revelation 911

I should be embarrassed to tell this story, but one day at 8:05 my boyfriend came back on the way to work with a 150lb feral boar his buddy had hit right in front of him.

He asked me could I have it ready for lunch and I did.

Milam County, TX.

Hog wasn’t totally dead, so it was interesting. I’d only dressed deer prior to that.


37 posted on 09/20/2009 6:33:34 PM PDT by txhurl (Re-founding kids: Giles and O'Keefe.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

YEA SOCIALISM !

\o/

(AND it’s eco-friendly since no extra carbons were emitted to raise or kill the ‘meat’)


38 posted on 09/20/2009 6:35:35 PM PDT by sten
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To: sten

I have taken some mighty fine tasting ruffled grouse from one grill to another, so to speak.


39 posted on 09/20/2009 6:47:21 PM PDT by Nakota
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’ve seen “Road Kill Helper” in a truck stop. YCK!


40 posted on 09/20/2009 6:50:54 PM PDT by RebelTXRose
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To: LiberConservative

MI is one of them that needs a law like that, to keep its people from starving right now.


41 posted on 09/20/2009 6:57:00 PM PDT by tbw2 (Freeper sci-fi - "Humanity's Edge" - on amazon.com)
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To: goat granny
GG ...you're too funny!

Badger. We don't need no stinkin' badgers!


42 posted on 09/20/2009 7:01:21 PM PDT by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Daffynition

OMG and they are all meaner than snot...


43 posted on 09/20/2009 7:05:15 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: ThomasThomas

Maybe deep fried in beer batter....


44 posted on 09/20/2009 7:06:25 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: Nakota

good one....


45 posted on 09/20/2009 7:07:49 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: airborne; goat granny
The REAL gourmands employs Maniford Destiny.


46 posted on 09/20/2009 7:10:51 PM PDT by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Saw it before - two guys in a pickup, field-dressing a buck in the highway median at 7 in the morning. Nothing like letting a Kenworth take care of your light work.


47 posted on 09/20/2009 7:12:23 PM PDT by Viking2002
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To: goat granny
Uber-raccoons!

They'd fight you for the roadkill.


48 posted on 09/20/2009 7:12:41 PM PDT by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Daffynition
Ah, yes, manifold cookery. Been there, done that. Cook a perch in 10 minutes flat.


49 posted on 09/20/2009 7:14:07 PM PDT by Viking2002
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To: Daffynition

Your just badgering me...:O)


50 posted on 09/20/2009 7:16:24 PM PDT by goat granny
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