Former minister says ending permits for Indigenous-harvested meat was for health reasons – CBC

by ahnationtalk on February 13, 2018171 Views

‘You can kill somebody if the meat is not good’

Feb 13, 2018

A former minister of natural resources says the province put restrictions on the sale of meat harvested by Indigenous hunters in 2003 in order to protect public health.

Jeannot Volpé said he was concerned in the wake of the 1999 Marshall decision that there would be an unregulated market in moose meat that would not go through the same food-inspection process as other meat.

That’s why the then-Progressive Conservative government ended the issuing of “special transfer permits” in 2003, he said.

“It’s got to be inspected,” he said. “You cannot sell — First Nations or not — you cannot sell meat [that’s] not inspected.”

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