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Oregon Is Latest State To Legalize Harvesting Of Roadkill For Use As Food

January 7, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
Oregon recently enacted legislation that legalizes the harvesting and use of roadkill as food. The state is the latest of about 20 states that allow people to scoop dead animals off the road and serve them for dinner. One of these is the state of Washington, which issued 1,600 roadkill salvaging permits within one year of legalizing the practice in 2016. The rules vary by state, though most require timely reporting of the collection to authorities, and most absolve the state of responsibility if the meat turns out to be stomach-churning. Oregon allows the salvaging of deer and elk and for human consumption only. People who pick up a carcass must apply online for a free permit within 24 hours, and they must turn over the animal's head and antlers to the state wildlife agency within five business days.[Image Credit: © Free-Photos from Pixabay]
Karin Brulliard , "Roadkill on menu in growing number of U.S. states; Hunters and advocates see dead animals as wasted source of food", Bangor Daily News, January 07, 2019, © Bangor Daily News
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