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Roadkill For Dinner

Posted in Politics, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on April 29, 2013

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One night, PG was driving on one of the Rockbridge roads in DeKalb county. Suddenly, a deer ran in front of his vehicle. The critter was faster than the Nissan, and calamity averted. There are an estimated 42,996 deer-car collisions in Georgia every year. If you hit a deer, you can do whatever you like with it. If you hit a bear, you have to report it before dinner time.

As the innertubes are reporting, Montana recently passed a law legalizing consumption of roadkill. As The Atlantic reports, “Currently sitting on Montana Governor Steve Bullock’s desk is HB27, a bill that allows Montanans to salvage and eat the beasts they run over with their cars. To the antelopes, deer, elks, or moose out there, you’ve been warned.”

As this tasteful interactive map shows, this is a states rights issue. Bambi burgers have long been legal in Georgia. What is surprising is the freedom loving T states, Tennessee and Texas. They both prohibit collection of roadkill. The CS Monitor questions how much the law is enforced. “Tennessee authorities said no law officer would likely ever charge anybody with “possession of roadkill with intent to eat.”

Not everyone thinks this is a good idea. The Goat Blog reports “But some Montana lawmakers, like state Senator Kendall Van Dyk, questioned eating roadside cuisine from a food safety standpoint. “Despite it’s good intention, it doesn’t pass the smell test for me,” he said in an AP story.”

Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”.

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