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LWF Statement on Deer Meat Donations Destroyed at Shreveport Bossier Rescue Mission
The Louisiana Wildlife Federation (LWF), whose members include hunters and anglers, commends the quick response by state agencies to address the recent confiscation of donated deer meat at the Shreveport Bossier Rescue Mission.
"We were alarmed to hear donations of healthy, lean venison were confiscated and destroyed through an apparent misunderstanding or misinterpretation of the law. It's good to see agencies quickly come together to make sure this does not happen again. If clarification of acceptance of wild game donations is needed, LWF would support legislation to do that. We applaud the generosity of hunters who have been making donations and the regulated process that has facilitated these donations for many years to help communities serve hungry people in need," stated Rebecca Triche, executive director for LWF.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries encourages hunters to donate harvested game. Organizations that facilitate the donation of deer meat in Louisiana include Hunters for the Hungry and Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry.
The Louisiana Wildlife Federation is a statewide conservation education and advocacy organization with more than 10,000 members and 27 affiliate groups. Established in 1940, it is affiliated with the National Wildlife Federation and represents a broad constituency of conservationists including hunters, fishers, campers, birders, boaters, and other outdoor enthusiasts. For more information visit www.LaWildlifeFed.org.
Released: February 26, 2013
Contact: Rebecca Triche