Ever heard of the National Deer Farmers Association? Maybe some day you’ll know a member. The group wants deer classified as livestock so the meat can be sold in stores and served in restaurants. The Rural Blog says at least four states are considering deer farming legislation:
Lobbyists for the National Deer Farmers Association say West Virginia deer farmers, who typically raise the animals for shooting preserves, have tried for a decade to get the legislature to designate their animals as livestock so they can sell the meat. Deer deemed unfit for preserves are usually euthanized because the state limits the number farms can maintain. “The public has told us they would love to buy it. It’s a good, healthy meat, low in calories and low in cholesterol,” NDFA spokesman Marcel Fortin said.
There are critics of the plan, however.