1144RE: [Friends of Deer] let them eat lead!
- Nov 6, 2008This subject is one of my pet peeves and I've written extensive letters in
an attempt to ban this travesty.
For one thing, the carcasses are not inspected by USDA as fit for human
consumption. Deer, as other wild game, are notorious for harboring internal
parasites. Such parasites could be cooked away if people are warned - they
are not. Another problem is no one monitors the amount of time that expires
before the animal is gutted. Not gutting an animal quickly could lead to
poisoning. In New Jersey, the streams that provide water for wild game are
badly polluted. They often graze in areas that are heavily fertilized with
Deer carcasses are dumped on the hungry poor who believe that hunters are
being charitable. Fact is, the food banks are the dumping grounds for the
carcasses that are created for the thrill of killing. So, we now have two
victims - the animal and the poor slobs that put them on their dinner
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Subject: [Friends of Deer] let them eat lead!
Study links lead in blood to wild game consumption
By James Macpherson, Associated Press Writer - Wed Nov 5, 8:58 pm ET
BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota health officials are recommending that
pregnant women and young children avoid eating meat from wild game
killed with lead bullets.
The recommendation is based on a study released Wednesday that
examined the lead levels in the blood of more than 700 state
residents. Those who ate wild game killed with lead bullets appeared
to have higher lead levels than those who ate little or no wild game.
The elevated lead levels were not considered dangerous, but North
Dakota says pregnant women and children younger than 6 should avoid
eating venison harvested using lead bullets.
Those groups are considered most at risk from lead poisoning, which
can cause learning problems and convulsions, and in severe cases can
lead to brain damage and death.
The study, conducted by the federal Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention and the state health department, is the first to connect
lead traces in game with higher lead levels in the blood of game
eaters, said Dr. Stephen Pickard, a CDC epidemiolgist who works with
the state health department.
A separate study by Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources
previously found that fragments from lead bullets spread as far as 18
inches away from the wound.
"Nobody was in trouble from the lead levels," Pickard said.
However, "the effect was small but large enough to be a concern," he
Pickard said the study found "the more recent the consumption of wild
game harvested with lead bullets, the higher the level of lead in the
Officials in North Dakota and other states have warned about eating
venison killed with lead ammunition since the spring, when a
physician conducting tests using a CT scanner found lead in samples
of donated deer meat.
The findings led North Dakota's health department to order food
pantries to throw out donated venison. Some groups that organize
venison donations have called such actions premature and unsupported
these people dont eat venison because they want health.
they just want to "belong to the tribe"!
similarly, in some cultures, one must shed the blood of an innocent
to prove one's fealty to the 'tribe'.
(these cultural throwbacks are also known as "sociopaths".)
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