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Roadkill Bill

March 22nd, 2013

Roadkill. Photo credit: Flickr user KatriG via Creative Commons

Have you ever seen a dead deer by the side of the road, after it was hit by a car, just left there? As your car goes past it you think, how sad … or ewwwww!

If you live in Montana, pretty soon you might be able to pick it up and cook it for dinner!

Highway pizza, anyone?

The “Roadkill bill” has already been approved by both Montana’s House of Representatives and the Senate. Now it just needs to be signed into law by its Governor, Steve Bullock, Reuters reports. We’ll see if he does.

The animals you could take home include bigger animals like deer, elk, moose and antelope. You’d need a permit first.

Critics (people who don’t like this idea) say in some cases the meat might not be safe to eat. There are government rules to try to make sure the meat and other foods you buy in a supermarket are safe. There’s no such thing for roadkill.

But people in flavor, I mean favor, say roadkill is perfectly good meat going to waste. And possibly even fresher and healthier than what you find in the store.

Montana wouldn’t be the first state with this law.

The Associated Press reports that there are 14 states with similar laws. Illinois  passed their law last year. States with roadkill laws are often more rural (more countryside, less big city).

For some of us it’s hard to imagine, but in a few places roadkill is part of the culture. There are even roadkill cookbooks, one calling them “yellow line yummies”!

About 1 million animals are hit by cars every day in the U.S., according to the Humane Society of the United States’ best estimate, in an email to HTE Kids News.  Many of these accidents happen because there are roads now in what used to be the wildlife’s habitat.

What do you think of the Roadkill bill?  Gross … or great?

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