Fuzzy Skies Around the Bank Bailouts and Montana Permits for Roadkill

Bailout of Financial Firms.  The federal government was paid back $1.10 for every $1 dollar it spent to bail out the banks-too-big-to-fail in 2008, based on PolitiFact.com investigations. Bart Clennon, the retired international financial consultant living in Wenatchee, said the government should have gotten a better deal. “We took the risk. We should have gotten more of the profit,” he said. Fellow taxpayers, next time those firms too big to fail beg to be bailed out, let’s demand our treasury splits the profits for taking the risks.

Montana Permits Salvaging Roadkill.  Anyone finding a dead deer, elk of Moose in Montana can now keep it for consumption as long a free permit is acquired from the State Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks within 24 hours.  I thought Rangers are supposed to save animals, not approve their consumption.

There is a lot of food. The Montana DOT reports 1900 wild-animal collisions with vehicles in 2011 and recovery of 7,000 animal carcasses in 2012. Having volunteers clean up carcasses for food would save labor costs.

Montana joins a dozen or so other states allowing consumption of the potential food. Montana Sen. Larry Jent (D) supported the legislation. “It really is a sin to waste good meat,” he said.

Food safety lawyer Fred Pritzker from Minnesota said, “This is an absolute prescription for a disaster,” on the abajournal.com website. He argues nothing is usually known about the animal’s collision trauma, prior health, how long it’s been dead, conditions after death, who prepared the meet, what safety steps were taken, or sanitary conditions to dress and store it before serving it.

Someone telling me, ‘Don’t worry it’s good meat,’ wouldn’t settle my queasy stomach by handing me a permit from a park ranger to scrape roadkill off the highway.

Eating roadkill is preferable says the organization, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. On its website is this response to the question, “Is it OK to eat roadkill?” (http://www.peta.org/about-peta/faq/is-it-ok-to-eat-roadkill/)?

“If people must eat animal carcasses, roadkill is a superior option to the neatly shrink-wrapped plastic packages of meat in the supermarket.”

But the sizes of the plastic package fit neatly on my grill.

Other organizations such as ThinkProgress.org support carcass salvage because it may be safer than fresh meat, considering this statement from the Center for Disease Control website: “CDC estimates that each year roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases.” http://www.cdc.gov/foodborneburden/ ,

This debate is making me consider cooked carrots for dinner, and I hate those.

Politicians in Alaska, Illinois and Georgia allow salvagers to donate the food to charitable organizations. If I was on a charity board considering roadkill food, I’d ask our insurance agent if the charity could avoid liability by posting a sign in the food lane saying, “Danger, roadkill ahead.”

About Russellsclearskies

Writing to poke fun at a retired klutz like me who's curiously exploring the absurdities and complexities of the good life. .
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