Illinois gov strikes down roadkill bill

| 8/10/2011

Possum stew might sound scrumptious to some, but you could get into a lot of trouble for stopping along Illinois roadways to scrape up the delicacy.

Despite the best efforts of Illinois lawmakers, Gov. Pat Quinn has vetoed a bill that was intended to prevent waste of animal carcasses while providing the state some financial relief.

In his veto message, the governor said he was concerned about the safety of drivers stopped along roadways trying to gather animal carcasses.

“I cannot support a measure that places the citizens of our state in harm’s way,” Quinn wrote.

The bill – HB3178 – was sought to authorize a person with the proper license or permit for fur-bearing mammals to be removed from roadways as long as they were in season.

People would have been given the all clear to either skin animals for the hide or for eating’s.

Rep. Norine Hammond, R-Macomb, said in a statement that authorizing people to remove carcasses would help ensure that “pelts and furs of deceased animals along the roadway will not go to waste.” She said it would also save the state money to take care of the animals.

The House previously approved the bill by a 98-16 margin. Senate lawmakers followed suit with unanimous consent.

Quinn has encouraged lawmakers to revise the effort with safety measures.

Even without the new authority, Illinois already allows people to collect deer killed by vehicles.

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