State health inspectors destroy 1,600 lbs of hunted deer meat donated to homeless shelter

Martin credited media coverage and area outrage for getting local officials to take notice and work on solutions.

On Monday, the mission hosted a press conference about the incident. KTSB in Louisiana, which first broke the deer-meat destruction story, reported that the media event was attended by state Rep. Jeff Thompson, and representatives from the state’s Department of Agriculture and Forestry and Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

“Together, we’re going to craft legislation that will permit the donation of deer and other proteins that can be processed and donated to facilities just like this,” Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain said, according to KTSB.

KTSB noted that the mission does not receive any taxpayer money, and it is entirely run off of donations.

Martin added that since this has happened, the community has rallied around the charity, including a $750 donation from the Louisiana Cattleman’s Association and over a thousand pounds of chicken from Foster’s Farms.

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