Moose meat helps feed hungry
A moose killed on Wednesday after running across a major highway in New Britain, Conn., will be used as food to feed some hungry Connecticut residents.
A 500-pound moose that crossed Route 72 two times Wednesday morning was shot and killed by environmental conservation police because they said it posed a threat to the public.
The meat from the animal will be used for Hunters for the Hungry, which is a sportsman's organization that helps feed the hungry.
"We've been in existence for 20 years," said Warren Speh, 77, who is with Hunters for the Hungry.
On Thursday, the organization got a delivery of 97 pounds of ground moose meat, which was packed into 19 five-pound bags. The meat will be served to visitors of the New London Community Meal Center.
Speh said he is trying to make sure the meat gets put to good use.
"It's something I feel is giving back to people who use it and want it," Speh said as he made his delivery.
The hide of the moose weighed 150 pounds while the head weighed 59 pounds. The hefty legs and hooves are to not be used for food.
"We've had dear, not moose," said Peta Madry, who manages the New London Community Meal Center. "It was interesting when I learned, I was like, moose?"
All 97 pounds of that moose meat will be used to feed 400 people over the course of two meals.
"We're very appreciative. We get less and less donations," Madry said. "We've been here four years and everyone's hurting, top to bottom."
Garry Holmes said he eats at the New London Community Meal Center often. He sympathizes over the sad situation, but is willing to give the moose meat a try.
"(There's) real good food here, nice fellowship and you enjoy yourself," Holmes said. "Thank God and praise God for whatever he can do for this soup kitchen.
The meat will be frozen and used in the next few weeks.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released a statement on the moose's death.
"Anytime any animal is shot like this, it's a tragedy," said Lindsay Rajt with PETA. "These animals are in the area because of human encroachment and are just trying to fend for themselves and their families and deserve to be treated with compassion."
PETA officials also stated they do not support Hunters for the Hungry.
"PETA encourages people who want to help feed the hungry to leave the animals out of it, instead volunteer their time at a soup kitchen or donate humane vegetarian foods to the local food bank," Rajt said.
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