Louisiana Health Inspector Destroys Venison Donated to the Homeless

A Louisiana state health inspector poured bleach on 1,600 pounds of venison donated to a homeless shelter last month because the health department doesn’t recognize the group that provided it.

Hunters for the Hungry has gathered extra game—that might otherwise go to waste—and donated it to the needy for nearly 20 years. Before it reaches homeless shelters like the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Group, the meat is turned over to a state-licensed commercial processor.

From CBS Houston:

“We didn’t find anything wrong with it,” Rev. Henry Martin told KTBS. “It was processed correctly, it was packaged correctly.”

The trouble began last month after the Department of Health and Hospitals received a complaint that deer meat was being served at the homeless shelter. A health inspector went out and told the homeless shelter that deer meat was not allowed to be served and that it had to be destroyed.

“Although the meat was processed at a slaughterhouse that is permitted by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture to prepare and commercially distribute meat approved from approved farms, deer are not an approved meet source…” the department said on its Facebook page.

That statement has been taken down and replaced with another:

Leaders and experts … are fully engaged in this issue with legislators and stakeholders to see how we can harmonize our procedures toward a program that allows game donations while ensuring health and food safety….

It’s good to hear leaders and experts are on the case. In the meantime, Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission, which relies totally on private funding, had to spend $8,000 to replace the venison with lower-quality meat.

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  • rts||

    Anyone who wastes venison is worse than Hitler.

  • ||

    I tend to agree.
    Also, I donated some of that venison, and some pork.
    This really pisses me off.

  • ||

    I donated some of that venison

    Well, then - let that be a lesson to you, young man! Stop trying to do right by your community!

  • ||

    It was back in december, and in alexandria at the salvation army....I am pretty sure mine got eaten.

    Still this story makes me feel sick. I dont shoot anything that I wont eat.

    (go ahead, someone respond with a dirty joke)

  • Raston Bot||

    ^snowball

  • LTC(ret) John||

    You eat blanks?

    (hey, you asked for it)

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    “Although the meat was processed at a slaughterhouse that is permitted by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture to prepare and commercially distribute meat approved from approved farms, deer are not an approved meet source…” the department said on its Facebook page.

    I'm sure many a couple have met over venison.

  • LTC(ret) John||

    Maid Marian and Robin Hood?

  • sarcasmic||

    I wonder who complained. And why.

  • WTF||

    Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission, which relies totally on private funding, had to spend $8,000 to replace the venison with lower-quality meat.

    I would guess the lower-quality meat purveyor(s) are the complainant.

  • sarcasmic||

    That was my thought.

  • RickC||

    Is horse meat being found here too?

  • Fatty Bolger||

    Somebody who has watched Bambi too many times, no doubt.

  • ||

    Those exlanations are likely, but keep in mind that those shelters have a lot of mentally ill people in them also. Some nutjob might have complained cuz...they are nuts.

  • WTF||

    Well, you'd have to be nuts to complain about a plate of delicious venison.

  • JW||

    That statement has been taken down and replaced with another:

    Why do people have to ruin TulpaPorn?

  • WTF||

    Can't have private groups donating private charity to care for those who need help. It might undermine the rationale for the nanny state.

  • ||

    'Zackly, The gubmint wasn't being allowed to wet its beak, so....

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Well, did the peasants expect they could poach the King's game without consequence?

  • ||

    I was thinking more along the lines of Don Fanucci, but yeah.

  • The Sherriff of Fistingham™||

    "Well, did the peasants expect they could poach the King's game without consequence?"

    ^This^

    This is exactly why the game wardens (who are often used in searches/drug busts, because they don't require warrants if animal/fish are "suspected" to be present) are so offensive to me. Suppressors were regulated in the 1934 NFA, not because they were mobster/assassin tools, but because they were used by piss broke and starving depression era people to “poach” game (allegedly)...Their (the game wardens) very existance is fucking disgusting to me on all levels.

  • itsnotmeitsyou||

    That's right. The only valid form of charity is the government mandated/forced distribution of resources. Can't have you being charitable without the government involved. That just wouldn't be civilized. /sarc

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    A health inspector went out and told the homeless shelter that deer meat was not allowed to be served and that it had to be destroyed.

    I'm sure the health inspector and his friends "destroyed" all the chops and sasauges they made from the seized deer meat.

  • sarcasmic||

    They poured bleach on it, so I doubt it.

  • Art Vandelay||

    Now it's perfect for school lunches!

  • ChrisO||

    Nope. Still too tasty.

  • ||

    LEAVE SQUARE PIZZA ALONE!!!!

  • ||

  • ||

    Love the responses!

  • Rich||

    Would someone *kindly* explain "What's on your menu?"?

  • ||

    I think it's pretty much "What are your plans for the day?" or "What are you up to right now?"

  • Rich||

    Oh. How politely chatty!

  • Virginian||

    She's got to be trolling. I mean....honestly. She can't be that fucking stupid.

  • WTF||

    No, but she thinks everyone else is that stupid.

  • Raston Bot||

    And then seven tweets about Rosa Parks in six minutes to bury that flash of stupid.

  • Virginian||

    Yeah, and then by 3PM the leftwing narrative will be that the rightwing haterz on Twitter were bashing Donna Brazile for honoring Rosa Parks.

  • GroundTruth||

    I would expect this sort of silliness in Massachusetts or New York, but Louisiana?

  • ||

    Yeah, I am a little taken aback myself. Shit, we let school out here for opening day of squirrel and deer season.

  • GroundTruth||

    I would expect this sort of silliness in Massachusetts or New York, but Louisiana?

  • Duke||

    And my progressive friends who have ivy league degrees will look at this article and still put their trust in and hope for more big government.

  • Rich||

    The health inspector was doing the homeless a favor, since it was *probably* horse meat.

  • LTC(ret) John||

    Twas antlered horses, I tells ya!

  • RPR2||

    yuppies living in subdivisions.

  • Fluffy||

    What exactly is the point of licensing slaughterhouses if the meat they butcher is not then approved for consumption?

  • ||

    Is this a rhetorical question?

  • itsnotmeitsyou||

    You can eat it. But apparently it's not good enough for the homeless.

    This is just another example of some dickhead with a clipboard and an ID badge taking what little power he has and running with it. The fact that he destroyed that much meat, when the hunters asked for it back, goes to show that low intelligence and a little power add up to big assholes.

  • ||

    Hilariously, IIRC, one of the Occupy groups in Arizona were running a soup kitchen for the homeless, and half the group insisted that it be 100% organic and vegan.

  • itsnotmeitsyou||

    What the hell ever happened to "beggars can't be choosers"???

    When I lived in Washington DC, I saw a homeless guy standing near the McDonald's I was headed into. I was damn near flat broke and could only afford dollar menu items, but I figured I could spare a buck or two to get this guy a sandwich. I told him I'd get him a cheeseburger or a chicken sammich, whichever he'd like. He looked at me and said, "no thanks, I'll only eat a big-mac" WHAT THE FUCKING FUCK??

  • Mickey Rat||

    The beggars are not the ones doing the choosing now, are they?

  • lap83||

    It's for the children!!!! (who would probably rather have french fries or ice cream)

  • ||

    Oh, dear me. How is it that we can allow people to donate deer to the homeless? It's such a distressing problem. We need a carefully thought out procedure. I'm confused about how to go about all this freedom stuff. It's not according to regulation. There's got to be some .... *head explodes*.

  • itsnotmeitsyou||

    Actually, I believe their heads implode due to the vacuum between their ears finally breaking the structure of their skull... Just my .02

  • ||

    You think the homeless will eat just anything? Well, we don't want your muffin stumps!

  • lolnope||

    "Martin says that bleach had to be poured onto the meat in order to destroy it."

    If a deer dies in the woods, and there's no Louisiana health department official available to pour bleach on it then how are we not up to our elbows in dead deer?

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