Sustainable hunting initiative allows wild deer processing
19 October 2018
The Victorian Government’s Sustainable Hunting Action Plan is reducing the regulatory barriers relating to the commercial processing and use of wild deer.
The plan commits to facilitate game meat processing and allow the optimal use of harvested game.
Regulatory amendments made under the Meat Industry Act 1993 and the Wildlife Act 1975 permit commercially harvested wild deer to be processed in a PrimeSafe licensed meat processing facility for human or pet consumption.
The amendments also provide more avenues for farmers to dispose of problem deer like using commercial harvesters or taking the deer to a PrimeSafe licensed facility for inedible rendering.
In Victoria, the commercial processing of wild deer is regulated by PrimeSafe according to national food safety standards.
Today PrimeSafe published the details of new approvals and licence categories that will enable implementation of the Government’s changes to permit commercial processing of wild deer.
Businesses should contact PrimeSafe if they wish to be approved as a field harvester or licensed as a harvest vehicle, field depot, or game meat processing facility premises.
These changes will help address farmer and community concerns regarding the damage that problem deer cause to agricultural and biodiversity resources, and generate important new employment and economic opportunities in regional Victoria.
The Sustainable Hunting Action Plan supports and guides the game hunting industry’s long-term growth and provides practical actions that benefit the environment, the economy and the Victorian community.
It should be noted, the changes to the law do not permit recreational game licence holders to harvest and sell wild deer for commercial purposes.
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