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California allowed eating deer shot down on the roads

Alexander Alexeenko - 17.10.19

California Governor Gavin Newsome signed the Bill on Road Kills Bill. It will come into force in 2022, allowing people to eat animals that they inadvertently shot down or found on the road in the state.

But before you eat a dead deer on the road, you must provide information about how and where the animal was shot down so that special services can remove it from the road for safety reasons for other drivers. And if the animal is still alive, the Department of Fish and Wildlife will decide whether to euthanize it.

drivers and deer

According to statistics, 20,000 deer die year on state roads, and, according to the Center for Biological Diversity, we need systematic data on the collisions of vehicles with wildlife in California. Until now, such data has not been monitored; now it is prescribed by law.

Opponents of the bill say it could lead some drivers to intentionally kill animals on the road.

In twenty states, local authorities have already given citizens the right to do so, explaining that "the death of animals due to the new law will no longer be so meaningless, because their meat will benefit people." The program is called RoadkillCabin.

The initiative was shown in Alaska, and then seized in Montana, Illinois, Maryland, Oregon, and Pennsylvania. According to the rules, a motorist who shot down an animal should act quickly: call the service 9-1-1 and get a free hunting license in 24 hours.

Butchers arrive at the scene within an hour, check with a special test whether it is infected, and professionally carve the carcass.

Fresh meat from starving people can be handed out to the poor, homeless, residents of shelters, social centers, churches, so the RoadkillCabin program is called a charity.

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