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Proposed legislation could let motorists keep road kill

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There may soon be a new meaning to "fast food" for Michigan motorists.

State lawmakers are pushing a new bill that would allow people take home fresh road kill without first notifying authorities. Some Mid-Michiganders agree.

"I think the driver has every right and it should be passed," said Jeff Bradley, talking about State Senate Bill 613. The proposed legislation would make it easier for drivers to keep what they hit. If they strike a deer for example, they would get the chance to keep it. All they would need to do is keep a written record of where they struck the animal.

Right now, motorists need to inform authorities first. People TV5 spoke with have mixed views about the bill. "I don't understand the point of the bill. I don't. If it's a new bill, I don't understand it," said one man.

"It's a dead animal, I mean, what good does it do to leave it laying in the ditch? If they want it they [might]-as-well eat it," said another man.

And while folks we spoke to have different opinions about this senate bill, we talked to a local road kill expert to find out if he thinks this is a good idea.

"Everyday we're picking something up from somewhere," said Sal Palombro, who is the owner of Michigan Animal Control, based in Ithaca. He's seen plenty of dead animals on our roads since starting the business almost twenty years ago, and he doesn't have a problem seeing potentially good meat go to good use.

"So if somebody has the intestinal fortitude to deal with an animal in that condition, why not use it?" said Palombro.

Palombo doesn't think the bill, which would make Michigan the fifth state to become more road kill friendly, is that big of a deal, and he does like the attention that dead carcasses are getting nowadays.

"This is I guess a titillating moment in senate history where we can talk about something that's tongue and cheek literally--road kill," said Palombro.

No date has been set for a formal hearing on the bill.

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