“Is It OK to Eat Roadkill? It’s Now Legal in More States” -Newsweek

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Summary: ” Tech & Science Emails and Alerts- Get the optimal ever of Newsweek Tech & Science delivered to your inbox A cooked badger skull prepared by Arthur Boyt, of Cornwall, England, a self-proclaimed “Roadkill Connoisseur.” Roads threaten the conservation of biodiversity, says Steen and car accidents are part of that threat. Oregon has joined several other U.S. The state just passed Senate Bill 372, which allows people to obtain permits to recover, possess, use, or transport animals killed by accident in vehicle collisions. Oregon has just passed a law allowing the harvesting of roadkill. “If these animals are being killed,” says Steen, who has also harvested roadkill rattlesnake, and deer, “it makes sense to make utilize of them.”  The Oregon law doesn’t go into effect till January. “Everyone ought to take proper precautions when obtaining, and preparing food,” says Steen, whose extensive wildlife knowledge, on display at Twitter, @alongsidewild, has gained him numerous social media fans For Steen, who once made a roadkill rabbit pot pie that “came out pretty well,” eating roadkill is “much more ethically palatable than buying meat that came from factory farms.” Salvaging highway kill in Texas is illegal. Vast numbers of animals are killed by cars: The Humane Society of America has place the estimated at about casualties at one million per day in the United States, while a Federal Highway Administration report in 2008 gave a more conservative tally, one million to two million per year. As David Steen, assistant research professor at Auburn University, points out, the U.S. Katherine Haddon/AFP/Getty Images Other states that allow roadkill collection include Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, New Hampshire, North Dakota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and many others.”

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