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Let them eat cake?

Remember your history lesson about Marie Antoinette, the 1700’s Queen of France who heard the peasants had no bread to eat, so she said, “let them eat cake”?

Well, she didn’t have anything on somebody at the Louisiana Department of Health these days. Volunteers at a rescue mission in Shreveport have been forced by state health officials to destroy roughly $8,000 worth of deer meat  – enough for 3,200 free meals, because somebody suddenly discovered that  state law prevents the serving of venison in homeless shelters. The Dept. ordered the staff at the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission to throw 1,600 pounds of donated venison in garbage bins — and then ordered then to douse the meat with Clorox — so animals would not eat the meat.  All this while we wonder if we’re eating horse meat in our government inspected hamburgers.

Hunters have been donating properly processed and stored venison for years and Rev. Henry Martin, executive director of the mission, said they’ve been serving deer meat for years. So have other charities, children’s homes and shelters. The shelter accepts no federal or state aid, either.

What’s next? “Knock, Knock.  Who’s there?  It is your protector, the state. We see you have a hunting license and we are here at your HOME to confiscate your deer meat so you won’t eat it or feed it to your poor family. Do you have any cake?”

Hunters groups who donated the meat are furious. They should be. Who paid for the Clorox? The shelter?  My tax dollars?  I won’t go on, but I hope this issue is resolved before another such senseless act is committed. Somebody needs to sit in Time Out.



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