Roadkill for Dinner: Michigan Bill Would Make it Legal to Eat Dead Roadside Animals
No, this isn't an April Fool's joke. A bill passed in the Michigan state Senate that would allow anyone to legally scrape a dead animal off the road, is now on its way to the house for a vote. The bill, which passed 27-10, would empower the average driver to pick up a struck bear or deer simply by notifying local law enforcement. The Clampetts must be so proud! Under current Michigan law, only someone with a hunting license or who has claimed a salvage tag through authorities can pick up a dead animal on the side of the road. According to state senator Darwin Booher, who sponsored the bill, that process discourages many from applying, and by the time the proper permits are filled out, the animal may have spoiled. RELATED: "Manifold Destiny" - The Art of Engine-Top Cooking
According to the Detroit News, if the new law passes, the individual who hit the animal would have first dibs on said roadkill. After that, any passer-by could acquire it for venison, bear burgers or elk stew. It would just require a call into local authorities, which Booher says, is a far simpler process: “Tell ’em you’re taking the deer; done.”
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Currently, nine states have laws on the books, permitting drivers to take home road kill and eat it. The details of the laws vary by state, but the list includes, Alaska, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, New Jersey, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia and Wisconsin. If the bill passes in the house, Michigan will join that list.