Here’s a good one for debate!
I was sent this picture by a friend of mine who is also a fellow stalker as well as working in the meat wholesale industry. This was taken this weekend (Sat 12th Oct) in a butcher shop in East Anglia. (that’s as much as needs to be said!).
It clearly shows a Roe Doe hanging with its head and front legs still attached above a load of other meat and produce. When he asked the butcher if he knew what it was, he had no idea that it was wrong!
My mate then asked him what traceability he had and how he knew it was good to enter the food chain. Who had inspected it and declared it good? The butcher replied that he knew it was ok as it was shot by a local farmer on his own land. He then went on to explain that it was definitely ok as he inspected it that morning when he gutted it on the premises as it was still slightly warm! “Still warm?” asked my mate. “Yes, it was shot last night under the lamp,” came the reply! I have no idea what it was shot with at this stage.
Needless to say he has reported this incident to Environmental Health, Police (Wildlife Crimes) and the local FLO. It will be interesting to see what happens!
Sadly, it would appear that neither party know (YET!) that they have done anything wrong! So here’s a couple of questions to get the ball rolling!
- Is this not a prime example of why anyone shooting deer should have some kind of training or qualification to ensure that they do know what is right or wrong?
- Is it down to us more responsible stalking types to educate local venison outlets as to what is right or wrong?
What concerns me most, is that I do occasionally sell venison to local outlets (not this one!). What is to stop a local butcher from buying in poached carcasses or even roadkill and then covering their arse with my traceability documentation? There is a wild game guide which was issued by the government but never seemed to make it past the draft stage. It saddens me greatly to see such things as we are constantly trying to build bridges with getting wild venison recognised as a trusted and reliable product. Then it all comes crashing down because of some idiot who claims he didn't know it was wrong. What is definitely wrong, is such people being in possession of a FAC with a condition for deer on it! (Thats' assuming that this is the case here? Probably just as likely that it was a .22 Rimfire!)
Over to you.......