Man Who Eats Roadkill for 30 Years Makes Being a Vegetarian Look Good


roadkillDid you hear the one about the guy who's been living off roadkill for 30 years? No, really, I'm dead serious. (Sorry, couldn't resist.)

At first glance, the story of a 44-year-old man, who, for the last 30 years, has eaten meat only harvested from animal carcasses he's found on the roads  or in the woods around his house, just sounds completely, disgustingly gross. (Okay, at second glance it sounds pretty gross, too.)

But the more you think about his explanation, it starts to make a certain kind of unexpected sense.

He started to eat roadkill as sort of a lark when he was 14, and then later he did it to save money. In recent years, though, he's styled himself as something of a conservationist and found-food pioneer, maintaining that by avoiding the processed, packaged foods sold at stores he's actually eating healthier than the rest of us. (He has certain rules to help him make sure he won't get sick – like not eating an animal if he doesn't know how it died.)

So, while I'd think twice about nibbling on rat stir fries or digging into a stew made from chopped badger liver (um ... no, thank you), I might be persuaded to sample some owl curry or pigeon au vin. (What's not good au vin?)

After all, this guy probably knows more about his meat than the rest of us. What can we say for sure about the cow that went into that ground beef we're shaping into patties for tonight's barbecue? Do we even want to think about how the chicken breast sliced onto our Caesar salad met its end?

Yeah, me neither. Come to think of it, maybe I'll cook vegetarian tonight.

Would you ever eat meat found on the side of the road?


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Littl... LittleManMama

The other thing is that the animal is already dead and now won't be going to waste... he is not killing the animal just to eat it. I think he has a point but truthfully I am far too squeamish.

BeLLa... BeLLasNewMoMmy

What about disease the animal may carry?

bugsl... bugslady96

Um, no. Yuck.

Rachel Johnson

As gross as it is, I guess I can kind of understand. If the man has been doing this for 30 years, he obviously (hopefully) knows if the meat is good or rotten. Would I eat it?  hell no! but at least he is finding a way to use what could have gone to waste. 

Abbey Rockin'Mom Baxter

If he knows how it died  (like hit by a car and not diasease) and how long it has been dead (want to make sure it hasn't started to rot), then it's probably more safe then what you buy in the stores. But it's still to gross for me i think. lol

Total... Totallysmitten

If I hit a deer or squirrel, I would eat it. If I hit an armadillo, I would not eat it. I would not eat anything that wasn't fresh that I didn't run over. And I always try to avoid animals on the road, not hit them. If any of us were starving, we would all eat something more squeamish than we would think.

BeLLa... BeLLasNewMoMmy

What i meant about disease is that yeah some animals get runned over but that doesnt mean they didnt have any disease before they died. And unless he runs blood test then its really not that safe.

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RaeAn... RaeAnne.USAF

Bellasnewmommy do you know what's in the meat you buy in the store? Or at a restaurant? They don't run tests on those animals and I'm curious as to what you think they might have. They way I see it's the same as him going out and hunting. You don't run any tests on game and it's a lot better tasting then the meat you get at the grocery store.

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