Following a reported increase in ‘doorstep sales’ and giving away of venison, the Scottish Venison Association has issued a statement on how to deal with this situation.
In the statement, they say: “However well meaning, the giving away or selling of any wild game meat outside of the hunter’s exemption ‘to family and friends for private consumption on an occasional basis’, or without the necessary, required documentation, is illegal and poses another health risk over and above the significant challenge of Covid-19.
“This includes gifting of venison to individuals or organisations on ‘charitable’ grounds.”
They also say that venison must only be sold and purchased through legitimate channels and through registered food businesses (in Scotland holding a current Venison Dealer Licence and relevant food business certification).
So the message is clear: If you are selling or giving venison away without such necessary consents you will probably be breaking the law as well as risking the integrity of the venison food chain.
They concluded with the clear instruction: “To the stalker/supplier – don’t do it. To the consumer/buyer/recipient – don’t buy it or accept it.”
A comprehensive guide to the legislation and regulatory requirements for the supply of venison in Scotland to the public, prepared by BDS/Lowland Deer Network Scotland is available on the SVA website.