A public meeting held at Exford Memorial Hall in Exmoor last week highlighted the risk of shooting stags and how it was damaging Exmoor’s famous red deer population. This dangerous poaching crime wave, spurred on by a rising demand for venison at pubs and restaurants across the West Country, sees owners buying venison at the back door, from unlicensed vendors.
As well as fuelling illegal poaching, there’s a real risk of venison food poisoning, from carcasses that have not been handled properly. Poaching across the West Country is on the rise, and PC Martin Beck, who chaired the meeting, commented, “We are coming up to the height of the poaching season, between now and Christmas.”
The police urged the public to call 999 if they see poachers on their land. With consumption of venison rising by 400%, cases of venison food poisoning are also on the rise. It’s currently an offence to shoot deer in closed season or at night, but it’s obvious that both practices are being carried out by poachers in the west.
Have you suffered from food poisoning?
If you have suffered from venison food poisoning after consuming venison at a pub or restaurant, you may be able to claim compensation. Pub and restaurant owners should be carrying out stringent checks to make sure the meat they purchase is safe for consumption; they should always know where it has come from and ensure it has been handled properly. If this hasn’t happened and customers are ill as a result, restaurant and pub owners could be held responsible. If you’ve suffered from food poisoning, get in touch with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible, to find out if you could claim compensation.
Making a claim
Claiming compensation doesn’t have to be complicated. Just get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline – we have 14 years’ experience handling personal injury claims for everything from food poisoning to road traffic accidents. Our team are on hand to offer confidential, no-obligation advice and we’ll be able to tell you straight away if you have a viable claim. Most claims are straightforward and can be processed in full over the phone, so it’s unlikely you’ll need to attend court. It’s easy to find out right now how much you could claim for your food poisoning – just take the 30-second test on our website or call our freephone helpline. We’re open 24/7, so someone will always be here to take your call.