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.
Copyright 2013 WNEM (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
Would you keep -- and possibly eat -- road kill?
Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:
Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:58 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:58:00 GMT
Midland Police are the hunt for a man who allegedly held up an area gas station late Tuesday night.Officers were called to the Admiral gas station on South Saginaw Street around 11:50 p.m. Tuesday. TheMore >
Midland police are the hunt for a man who allegedly held up an area gas station late Tuesday night.More >
Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:31 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:31:28 GMT
Three teens are reported to have been killed after leading police on a high speed chase in a stolen vehicle. The accident happened on I-75 in Detroit over the weekend. Several news outlets report a 17-year-oldMore >
Authorities have released the names of three teenagers who were killed when their stolen Jeep went off an embankment and crashed upside down in Detroit.More >
Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:56 AM EDT2014-04-23 12:56:46 GMT
Fulton County police arrested Atlanta Public Schools paraprofessional Alger Shafter Coleman, III and charged him with cruelty to children in the first degree and simple battery.Coleman was caught on cameraMore >
Fulton County police arrested Atlanta Public Schools paraprofessional Alger Shafter Coleman III and charged him with cruelty to children in the first degree and simple battery.More >
Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:11 AM EDT2014-04-23 15:11:58 GMT
A woman from Plymouth said organ donation changed her family's life. Ten years ago, Tina Ray said she had a conversation with her 20-year-old son, Nick Ray, that most people do not want to have. "He andMore >
A woman from Plymouth said organ donation changed her family's life.More >
Monday, April 21 2014 2:07 PM EDT2014-04-21 18:07:19 GMT
A local business manager was stunned to see her most recent water bill. Kim Haken runs the Columbus Laundromat in Bay City. She says when she opened the bill, it read that the company owed $18-thousand.WhenMore >
A local business manager was stunned to see her most recent water bill. More >
ObitMichigan.com is dedicated to delivering immediate, up-to-date information on obituaries 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to families and friends in Mid-Michigan. Death notices are displayed during theMore >
ObitMichigan.com is dedicated to delivering immediate, up-to-date information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to families and friends who have lost loved ones.More >
Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:24 AM EDT2014-04-23 15:24:15 GMT
Authorities say a 31-year-old Detroit woman whose body was found near her dehydrated 8-month-old daughter was stabbed to death.The Wayne County medical examiner's office identifies the woman as CharmanekMore >
Authorities say a 31-year-old Detroit woman whose body was found near her dehydrated 8-month-old daughter was stabbed to death.More >
Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:20 AM EDT2014-04-23 15:20:52 GMT
The landscaping season is just getting underway and for a local business, much of the equipment they use to bring home the bacon was found burnt to a crisp on an abandoned Detroit street. "This is ourMore >
Equipment from a local business was found burned to a crisp on an abandoned Detroit street.More >