The owner of a local Budgens supermarket has defended selling squirrel meat as a sustainable way of feeding people and says it has a "lovely" taste....claimed that squirrel meat is more sustainable than beef. "It takes about 15 tonnes of grain to produce one tonne of beef, which is not sustainable.
"Squirrels will be culled anyway. You have two choices. Either you dispose of them or you eat them."
The animal welfare group Viva accused Budgens of profiting from a "wildlife massacre".
Its founder and director, Juliet Gellatley, said: "If this store is attempting to stand out from the crowd by selling squirrel, the only message they are giving out is that they are happy to have the blood of a beautiful wild animal on their hands for the sake of a few quid."
ELVIS' SOUTHERN FRIED SQUIRREL
Ingredients: 1 1/2 pounds squirrel meat; 1 t ground pepper; 1 t parsley flakes; 1 t seasoned salt; 1 c flour; 1 1/2 c cooking oil
Boil squirrel until tender; remove from water; pat dry. Season & coat with flour. Place into hot oil & cook until brown. If desired, make brown gravy.