Lousiana Health Department: No way we’re letting the homeless eat free deer meat

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This one is straight from the facepalm files. A charitable hunting group in Louisiana known for donating large amounts of (mostly deer) meat to charities across the state, donated 1,600 pounds of their fresh venison to the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission only to have it promptly thrown away. Not returned, mind you, thrown away.

From Todd Starnes at Fox News Radio:

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.

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.

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I don’t even know how to commentate on such utter stupidity. But then again, I’ve come to expect things like this from the government.

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