Politician: Roadkill Collection Should Be Legal
Tink Nathan wants to legalize gathering of dead animals
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2014 7:07 PM CST
Updated Feb 24, 2014 7:30 PM CST
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(Newser) – Is your average roadkill a stomach-churning mess, or tonight's dinner? A Texas politician says it will become the latter if he wins a seat in the Texas House of Representatives and succeeds in pushing his agenda, NBC News reports. Tink Nathan, a 72-year-old Republican, wants to rescind the state's law against gathering roadkill. "That meat goes to waste. Why not utilize it?" he asks the San Antonio Express-News. "Certainly not all of it could be saved. Nobody will take it if it's stinking," but "axis [deer] venison sells for $26 a pound."

On his Facebook page, Nathan says the Department of Transportation collected more than 1,400 deer from roads in a year in a single Texas county—a costly operation. But Texas Park and Wildlife argues that gathering squished animals for dinner is both a health and safety hazard. People collecting roadkill "could be struck by other vehicles," a TPWD spokesman tells WOAI. And "eating dead animals could result in serious health issues for anyone who did something like that." Some states do allow it, but Texas banned the practice in 2007.

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ZAXXON
Mar 3, 2014 9:48 AM CST
Whats Gamey turns delicious with Tire Marks and the right Mesquite BBQ sauce Wrap it in a Tortilla with some iceberg & genetically modified tomatoes and Mystery sticky sauce For $1.00 Voila Mcdonalds, I made u richer..
HonkUSA
Feb 26, 2014 8:51 AM CST
New Hunting seasons in Texas . 'Bow hunting , Black Powder Hunting , Open Rifle Hunting , Motorcycle Hunting , Car Hunting , Pick up Hunting , Semi Hunting . Which one do you think will win out in the end ? . ' Roadkill is open 365 days per year .
Eric S
Feb 26, 2014 8:45 AM CST
To the left is my Toyota after I hit a buck in 2005..like the commercial ...it lived (the deer).. and I am lucky to be alive..and ihe experience changed they way i drive. They are very tough and extra ordinary animals up here in NY surviving the very cold winters. Venison may be healthier than beef but deer do get bit by disease carrying deer ticks. But do we really know whats in the meat we get at the store? Considering the high cost of beef (whats up with that?), the use of antibiotics and mad cow disease I think it should be allowed. Someone mentioned that it can be dangerous to pick up anything on the road without becoming road-kill yourself. Another thing is that the impact can rupture internal organs which may contaminate or cause bruising to the meat. Last year a older woman hit a deer in front of my house doing extensive damage to her Subaru. Later in the evening she came back to get the buck with her 2 sons.