Good organic meat is expensive and hard to come by for many. Why not legalize roadkill? After all, why let perfectly good meat go to waste?
Personally, I would never want to eat an animal traumatized right out of this life. But maybe that’s because I myself was hit by a Ford Explorer at 45 miles an hour.
But at the same time this is as sustainable as it gets—salvaging an antelope, deer, elk, or moose, and feeding a hungry mouth instead of buzzards’.
Chances are the animal has been munching on grass freely and hasn’t been pumped up with hormones or antibiotics, and/or continuously tortured.
As reported in Salon, one person’s road kill is another person’s feast:
“Montana is now the latest state to legalize the salvage and consumption of roadkill. Under a new law that goes into effect today, meat created by unfortunate run-ins between wildlife and traffic can be salvaged by permit holders willing to scrape it off the road.
Modern Farmer spoke with Republican Representative and highway patrol sergeant Steve Lavin, who introduced the bill:
“At first, Lavin says he laughed off the suggestion of one of his troopers that the meat be legalized, but the more he thought about it, the more it made sense. There is a lot of roadkill in the area; some of its [sic] getting eaten, even taken to food banks. ‘What’s happening is people are taking them already—essentially what this will do is legalize the process,’ he says.”
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Maryam Henein is an investigative journalist, professional researcher, and producer of the award-winning documentary Vanishing of the Bees.