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Squirrel meat flies off supermarket's shelves | Environment | guardian.co.uk

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."

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.


The squirrels in question are no doubt the grey ones. These fellows are all interlopers, descended from a few original North American pairs. And they're not an endangered species: if you cull every last one of them in the UK tomorrow, there'll still be millions more left - millions! - over here in Canada and the US.

Does it occur to this obvious "animal welfare" fool that a reduction in grey squirrel numbers will actually help the indigenous red squirrel - a "beautiful wild animal" that really is endangered?

And that's one thing about the UK that always struck me when I was living there. Lacking the big outdoors we have here in Canada (you get nowhere near anything similar until you hit the Highlands) or any of the really aggressive wildlife (grizzlies, black bears, wolves, mountain lions, coyotes, wolverines and so forth), so many Brits seem to develop a tidy little sentimentalist view of nature.

Here's the bad news: Mother Nature doesn't care. As you rather abruptly discover when you're a German ecotourist in the Rockies who gets between Ma Grizzly and her cubs.

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