Arklatex residents are furious after a nice gesture is tossed out with the trash.
Tuesday, KTBS 3 News reported that the Louisiana Department of Health went to the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission and tossed more than $8000 worth of donated meat into a dumpster and doused it with Clorox.
Now Gary McCoy, on-air radio personality and Program Director for Kiss Country, is asking for your help to make sure this never happens again.
The venison (deer meat), which is quite valuable, was donated to the Rescue Mission by the group Hunters’ For the Hungry and was intended to help feed those in need in our area.
McCoy is also an avid outdoorsman who participates with the group, Hunters for the Hungry.
The following message garnered plenty of attention after being posted to the Kiss Country Facebook page Wednesday morning, “The State just spit in the face of every outdoorsman who ever donated to the "Hunters for the Hungry". Please share this on your Facebook and see in this story who to inform that this type of behavior will NOT be tolerated.”
The Rescue Mission does not receive any city, state or federal funds. They operate solely on the donations from the public.
State officials say they received a complaint regarding the meat and upon their investigation, they found meat that was donated by a hunter.
Officials say donated meat from a hunter does not meet state regulations for distribution to the public and the state says that is why the meat was destroyed.
“We didn’t find anything wrong with it. It was processed correctly, it was packaged correctly,” said Rev. Henry Martin, Executive Director of the mission.
The meat was packaged at the Bellevue Meat Processing in Haughton.
McCoy is now calling on the community to reach out to the Louisiana Health Department and “raise some hell” on the issue.
Click here to check out Kiss Country’s full article.
KTBS 3 viewers have also been expressing their concerns by phone and online.
Mary said, “There is no excuse for this kind of stupidity! Shelters all over the country accept processed wild game from hunting organizations! That state employee should have to reimburse the shelter for the fair market value of everything they destroyed!”
Beth said. “So sad. Zero common sense used and the hungry and homeless are the ones that are really hurt.”
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