The Health Dept. defended their actions and said they had to pour Clorox on the meat as an “extra precaution so that animals would not eat it from the dumpster and become sick or die.”
“This is a process called ‘denaturing,’” they stated. Campbell said the venison comes from deer management programs – where hunters have to kill a lot of deer.
“We ask our hunters once they fill up their own freezers to give the extra to the needy,” he said.
Once the deer is donated, a local processing plant prepares the meat for the shelters. And hunters in the Sportsman’s Paradise have always responded to the call – including State Rep. Jeff Thompson.
“As a hunter and somebody who has personally donated deer to this program, I’m outraged and very concerned,” he told me. “You hear about these stories anywhere and it’s a concern – but when it happens in your own backyard it’s insulting.”
Thompson said he is meeting with the heads of state agencies as well as state lawmakers to make sure the rules are changed.
“We take pride in helping our neighbors and to see thousands of dollars worth of meat that would help the hungry go to waste is absolutely disturbing to me,” he said.
I suppose in Louisiana beggars can be choosers.