This is literally a stomach churning story. The Guardian talks up the newest trend – eating grey squirrels:
The ultimate ethical meal: a grey squirrel
It tastes sweet, like a cross between lamb and duck. And it’s selling as fast as butchers can get it
Sunday May 11, 2008
It’s low in fat, low in food miles and completely free range. In fact, some claim that Sciurus carolinensis – the grey squirrel – is about as ethical a dish as it is possible to serve on a dinner plate.
The grey squirrel, the American cousin of Britain’s endangered red variety, is flying off the shelves faster than hunters can shoot them, with game butchers struggling to keep up with demand. ‘We put it on the shelf and it sells. It can be a dozen squirrels a day – and they all go,’ said David Simpson, the director of Kingsley Village shopping centre in Fraddon, Cornwall, whose game counter began selling grey squirrel meat two months ago.
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I know that the grey squirrel is a pest, but this is disgusting and sickening.