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Health Dept.: Homeless Canít Eat Deer Meat (in Shreveport, LA)
Fox News ^ | February 25, 2013 | Todd Starnes

Posted on 02/27/2013 5:41:18 AM PST by Timber Rattler

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.

“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.”

That statement set off a firestorm among hunters and lawmakers who called it outrageous and insulting.

(Excerpt) Read more at radio.foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: bureaucrats; deermeat; homeless
What a waste! And a clear example of the government not allowing people to help others on their own.
1 posted on 02/27/2013 5:41:30 AM PST by Timber Rattler
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To: Timber Rattler
Actually there is a hemorrhagic fever running through the deer population in LA right now. Read about it last night. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2991549/posts
2 posted on 02/27/2013 5:44:42 AM PST by EBH ( The 2nd Amendment exists for times like this.)
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To: Timber Rattler
Someone in the meat packing industry probably pushed for this law, so that ONLY Union or Commercial meat could be used!
3 posted on 02/27/2013 5:44:54 AM PST by Kansas58
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To: Timber Rattler

In our area, the highway patrol officers have a list of people to call if there’s fresh road kill. I would think Louisiana would know better. I’m guessing that a huge black market in deer meat will now grow.


4 posted on 02/27/2013 5:45:29 AM PST by Mercat (Never laugh at live dragons)
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To: Mercat
I think this is stupid..but good..go ahead and have them pay for their own food....a good start to me...but of course this is ment for the Fed to pay for their good food...you know when you are getting it for free..you might as well ask for the good stuff...why not prime..not choice graded beef..why not its free..Obama free..
5 posted on 02/27/2013 5:50:15 AM PST by Youngman542012
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To: EBH
Well that certainly makes sense, and you would think that the hunter's charity and homeless shelter would know about this before complaining to the media. Or perhaps the Health Department has done a poor job of communicating with the hunting community about the epidemic?

In South Central Pennsylvania last fall, there was an outbreak of wasting disease in the local herds, and I have to admit that the Fish & Wildlife rangers did a fantastic job of communicating and working with local hunters and processors to deal with it.

6 posted on 02/27/2013 5:50:57 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: EBH
Saw that ~ and they said it extends over into Mississippi ~ so, is this a downstream danger to humans?

Could be the problem here is an inarticulate inconsequential in the Board of Health hierarchy who imagines hunters and rescue mission people can't understand.

7 posted on 02/27/2013 5:51:07 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: EBH

Remember, all these BoH folks are trained professionals, and hunters are just hillbillies (even though there are no hills down there, and most of them rarely ever show up on Gator Man).(/s)


8 posted on 02/27/2013 5:53:27 AM PST by muawiyah
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If anyone is interested in the comments:

State deer herd hit with hemorrhagic disease (LA):
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2991549/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2991392/posts
Louisiana Forces Homeless Shelter To Destroy $8,000 Worth Of Deer Meat ^

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2991278/posts
Health Dept.: Homeless Can’t Eat Deer Meat ^


9 posted on 02/27/2013 5:53:42 AM PST by deport
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To: Timber Rattler

The “Health Dept.” is just another gestapo agency of bureaucrats, exercising authority they don’t have.

They will use the excuse of “protecting from roadkill” to pretend there’s a reason for the ban.

THEN, they decide they need to protect animals from scavenging!!

REALLY?!?!


10 posted on 02/27/2013 6:00:37 AM PST by G Larry
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To: Timber Rattler

<“It’s not ever been shown to be contagious to humans,” LaCour said.>

It reminds me of the Robin Hood movies. You can’t eat the king’s deer.


11 posted on 02/27/2013 6:06:11 AM PST by EyeSalveRich (gov't run amok)
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To: EBH
Not a worry if the deer is healthy according to your post.

But hunters shouldn’t be overly concerned that they will serve their family dangerous meat.

“It’s not ever been shown to be contagious to humans,” LaCour said.

Of course, a bit of common sense is in order, he said.

“If a deer looks healthy and acts healthy, then it’s fine,” LaCour said. “If a deer is sick, if it’s got multiple ulcers or lesions, it’s best to chunk it.”

Deer management practices probably don’t need to b e altered, either. In fact, LaCour pointed out that, even though this is a severe outbreak, the LDWF is not considering any changes to hunting regs.

“Overall, it’s part of the normal cycle,” he said. “If you find three deer on your place, there are probably some more. If you have 4,000 acres, you might have 10 more. But that’s not a significant impact, so for the most part there’s no need to for any management considerations.”

Sounds like the health department is just trying to make a move to control more.

12 posted on 02/27/2013 6:07:12 AM PST by Ratman83
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To: muawiyah

I don’t think the virus itself is, but people should be concerned about eating ‘sick deer.’ You don’t know what else the deer may have picked-up due to the virus...


13 posted on 02/27/2013 6:07:58 AM PST by EBH ( The 2nd Amendment exists for times like this.)
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To: EBH
The articles mentioned several other diseases deer can carry ~

We usually have between 7 and 8 deer show up at my lawn all summer long ~ and they keep it trimmed.

14 posted on 02/27/2013 6:17:03 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: Timber Rattler

The Missouri Department of Conservation encourages donating venison to the poor.
What’s wrong with Louisiana ?


15 posted on 02/27/2013 6:18:17 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: muawiyah

“We usually have between 7 and 8 deer show up at my lawn all summer long ~ and they keep it trimmed. “

Do the deer do a better and neater trim job than when I let cattle into my yard from the pasture? Betcha you get deer fertilyzer too!


16 posted on 02/27/2013 6:21:11 AM PST by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: Timber Rattler
Only food distributed by the big-government/big-corporate criminal monopoly is allowed to be eaten.
17 posted on 02/27/2013 6:40:47 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: Timber Rattler

“EBT Not Accepted Here” said the new sign at my fishmonger last night.

“What’s with the sign?” I asked.

“People were coming in here ordering the most expensive stuff I have, King Crab legs, lobster, everything! Then, they’d get to the register and hand me their EBT card. I don’t take that! I sell the highest quality products to good clients. I don’t want to take EBT!”


18 posted on 02/27/2013 6:41:24 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (Due Process 2013: "Burn the M*****-F***er Down!")
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To: Timber Rattler

Why culdn’t it be returned to the hunters?


19 posted on 02/27/2013 6:41:33 AM PST by eccentric (a.k.a. baldwidow)
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To: Timber Rattler

The diseases that afflict deer are not a worry here, as deer hemorrhagic disease is not transmissible to humans; and the more worrisome chronic wasting disease (prion), though not known to afflict humans, can be avoided by not eating the deer’s brain, spinal cord, eyes, spleen, tonsils, or lymph nodes. Which you probably wouldn’t anyway.

Concern for either of the diseases can be mitigated by having someone experienced with healthy deer meat visually examine the meat. If it looks bad, it probably is. So don’t eat it. Likewise if it looks good but tastes bad, don’t eat it.

The bottom line is that state legislators are already looking to change the rules of their state health department to permit this again, so it should be thought of as a temporary, if expensive, glitch.

Had it not come about because of some homeless guy who didn’t like venison, it would happen because some nuts like PETA, who think all homeless should be forced to eat vegan, would have raised a stink.

Fortunately it wasn’t the federals involving themselves, as that would have been a much greater nuisance. Eventually they will, almost guaranteed. Pain in nass.


20 posted on 02/27/2013 6:46:14 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: EBH

The article said they rec’d a call from someone getting a free meal complaining about being served deer meat. Did they know about deer being sick or just didn’t like deer meat?


21 posted on 02/27/2013 6:50:37 AM PST by Rusty0604
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To: EBH

There’s a hemorrhagic disease in deer in Michigan right now, too, but it’s said that eating an infected deer is not harmful to humans.


22 posted on 02/27/2013 6:50:53 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Timber Rattler

By what authority would the state seize and destroy privately owned meat once it was no longer going to be offered to the public?


23 posted on 02/27/2013 7:06:40 AM PST by Sloth (Rather than a lesser Evil, I voted for Goode.)
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To: Timber Rattler

In Shreepoot, the freeby eaters prolly preferred racoon or possum.


24 posted on 02/27/2013 7:12:46 AM PST by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: Timber Rattler

It’s a wonder we all got by before big brother.


25 posted on 02/27/2013 7:16:13 AM PST by Born to Conserve
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To: Timber Rattler

When dining in Cajun land, you are ahead to refrain from asking what is in the stew.

Trust me, you don’t want to know.


26 posted on 02/27/2013 7:20:43 AM PST by buffaloguy
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To: X-spurt

Are you familiar with Shreveport?


27 posted on 02/27/2013 7:23:09 AM PST by AceMineral (Will work for money.)
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To: buffaloguy

You got that right, Brother. In Opelousas I was invited to a real Cajun throw down, good food and plenty of beer to wash it down. I expected crawfish, gator, boudin, etc. What they had was some kind of stew, they didn’t even call it gumbo, that about half the people there wouldn’t eat, and they were mostly cajun. I should have paid attention. I was sick for two days after, then someone told me the stew was deer organs, no muscle meat at all, and only the older, hard core cajuns (of which I was not one) or drunk yankees (of which I was one) would eat it. I still had a good time in La, overall.


28 posted on 02/27/2013 7:38:05 AM PST by jstaff
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To: AceMineral
Regretfully, that's why I know “they” call it Shreepoot. Actually, Shreveport used to be a really neat place, before holder's people starting shooting at one another across busy intersections and the City Gubmit turned to pure Deetroit.
29 posted on 02/27/2013 7:49:51 AM PST by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: jstaff

Was the older lady there with her sulky made from water pipe, bicycle wheels and a car seat from a 54 Buick Roadmaster?


30 posted on 02/27/2013 8:03:55 AM PST by buffaloguy
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To: EBH
Actually there is a hemorrhagic fever running through the deer population in LA right now.

Maybe, but if LA is like most states, deer season has been over for months.

Unless some of the earliest cases are in he freezer, the meat is likely unaffected.

31 posted on 02/27/2013 8:20:57 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Uncle Miltie
Then, they’d get to the register and hand me their EBT card. I don’t take that! I sell the highest quality products to good clients. I don’t want to take EBT!”

Race Gestapo to descend on the fishmonger in 3...2...1...

32 posted on 02/27/2013 9:48:51 AM PST by backwoods-engineer (Blog: www.BackwoodsEngineer.com)
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