New California law allows drivers to eat animals they run down

California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed a new law that allows participants in road traffic accidents with wild animals to eat their carcasses. All states have their own rules on how to deal with the carcasses of downed animals - in California, they decided that it was most profitable to just eat them.

The law will enter into force in 2020 and will operate in experimental mode until 2022, until inspectors are sure that everything is ready to launch the thematic application. This is the whole point of the idea - when a driver knocks down an animal, he must record this fact using the application and send a request for one of two actions. He can ask permission to take the corpse for himself, or, if the animal is alive, notify the authorities so that it can be rescued.

Putting a deer accidentally knocked on the barbecue is better than leaving the carcass to rot by the side of the road. But the new law also has a serious drawback - no one knows what the animal was sick with and whether it is fit for food in principle. Responsibility for the decision in this case rests with the eater himself. Plus, there are a lot of antibiotics in store-bought American meat, so game may be even healthier.

Critics have already pointed out the bottleneck - how will the driver determine whether it is possible to save the downed animal in time? Isn't it easier to sit in the car, listen to music, and then declare with a clear conscience that the animal has already died and there are no options for action? And if it is not a coyote, but someone's pet dog or even a whole cow, then how to resolve the dispute with the owner? Otherwise, there is a very real temptation to purposefully crush animals and store meat for future use.