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Man give caution for shooting rooks for human consumption - Telegraph
The 45 year-old, who has not been named, was arrested after the Taverner's restaurant in Godshill, Isle of Wight, was discovered to have started serving rook salad.
Yesterday, officials confirmed the man, from Ryde, Isle of Wight, had been issued with a caution following a joint investigation Natural England and Hampshire Police.
The man was arrested in June on suspicion of committing a number of offences under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
Rooks and other wild birds, except wood pigeons, are legally protected and their sale for human consumption is illegal.

It wasn't many years ago since I was served rook salad at a resturant, the owner had shot the rooks himself and gave away the amuse-gueule so maybe it was legal.

Of course in last European unpleasantness they reached the dizzy price of 2/10 each as fillers for game pies. The public soon got bored of their flavour so by 1949 you could buy them for 9d each.

For a decent rook pie rather than a veggie salad with strips of fried breast:

Skin the birds, cut off wings and legs and draw them. Stuff with a veal forcemeat. Season well with salt and pepper. Arrange in a pie dish with slices of steak and a good beef broth. Cover with puff pastry. 350 F for 1hr 45min. Top up the stock and serve.

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And I thought it was a Two Ronnies sketch! Truth emulates fiction or vice versa?

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