SUPPORT NATIONAL VENISON DAY
There is no shortage of days officially recognizing food in the United States. There is National Hot Dog Day, National Fried Chicken Day, National Margarita Day, National Kreme Filled Donut Day, and the list goes on and on. But there is no national day commemorating the one protein-packed, heart-healthy renewable resource that is deeply rooted within our American outdoor tradition — Venison.
Please support us in establishing National Venison Day to officially commemorate the significant impact that deer and the venison they yield have had on our society and our American outdoor traditions.
Please join this historic campaign by signing the online petition, and urge your members of Congress to support the National Venison Day Act.
Read the Bill
National Venison Day Act
To designate the second Thursday of November as National Venison Day.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the “National Venison Day Act”.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
Congress finds that—
- Deer and the sustenance they provide are cultural and historic symbols of the United States;
- Venison was served at the first Thanksgiving;
- Deer are sacred animals in many Native American cultures. They often play a role in creation mythology, are believed to sacrifice themselves to feed the people.
- Deer have been adopted by 9 States as the official mammal of those States, and is the most popular animal chosen by States;
- Venison is a heart-healthy renewable resource. It provides protein similar to most cuts of grain-fed beef, pork, and lamb, but it is lower in calories, cholesterol and fat.
- Whitetail deer are the most popular big game animal in North America.
- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that big game hunting for deer and elk generates approximately $11.8 Billion annually in hunting-related travel, equipment and expenditures.
- Deer hold significant economic value for private producers and rural communities;
- In 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt encouraged the farming of deer as a food source.
- The United States has approximately 15,000 deer farmers creating jobs and providing a sustainable and healthy meat source contributing to the food security of the United States. The deer industry generates more than $4 billion annually for the U.S. economy;
- Conservationists, sportsmen, educators, deer farmers, and other public and private partners have committed to spearheading a national celebration of venison, to be held annually on the second Thursday of November.
SEC. 3. DESIGNATION OF NATIONAL VENISON DAY.
The second Thursday of November shall be designated as “National Venison Day” in the United States.