Venison should be gifted to charity as 'protein' source from deer cull
A mart manager is calling for the meat from culled deer to be donated to charity and used as a valuable source of protein for people in need.
Kenmare Mart manager, Dan McCarthy, who is also an Independent member of Kerry County Council, put his proposal before the local authority at its monthly meeting yesterday.
It comes before a planned cull of deer at Killarney National Park is due to commence once rutting season is over.
Mr McCarthy has also called for all culled deer to be tested for TB in light of claims that the deer herd is spreading the disease to bovine animals.
He told the Farming Independent that although he has been accused of "hair-brained" ideas, both of his proposals made a lot of sense. "We're always on about people who don't have a house or don't have food at our meetings and this would be one way of addressing food shortages if this meat was distributed through charities like the St Vincent de Paul or food banks," he said.
"It's completely organic, has never been injected with anything and is top quality meat.
"I realise venison is not to everyone's taste but what would be wrong with having it as an option so that people can choose it if they want.
"I'm always being told I come up with some hairy ideas but to me, this is common sense."