Charitable Louisiana hunters may find themselves getting the runaround when trying to donate game meat to shelters such as the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission. In February, 1,600 pounds of venison meat were discarded at the shelter on the orders of state health officials because Louisiana did not allow hunter-taken game to be served there. Due to a sizable public outcry over the incident, legislators have taken note and drafted a bill that will allow hunters to donate game meat.
According to KTBS, Senate Bill 58 will let non-profit organizations such as the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission to serve venison, as well as game birds, all game quadrupeds, feral hog pork and even alligator meat. Louisiana lawmakers were concise.
“It’s really to clarify the law, to make sure that everyone’s on the same page,” said one of the proposal’s sponsors, Senator Sherri Buffington (R-Keithville).
Hunters for the Hungry, the charity organization that found itself the target of attention earlier this year, could not be happier with the results.
“We were a little sleepy organization… and we were growing steadily every year,” said spokesperson Richard Campbell. “Then next thing we know, it has exploded. The poor and the hungry of Louisiana will be better off.”
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