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Submission + - Supermarket Backs Squirrel Meat Sales Amid Protest

Hugh Pickens writes: "BBC reports that the owner of a supermarket in Crouch End, North London defends selling squirrel meat as a sustainable way of feeding people, says it has a "lovely" taste, and predicts that more people will eat squirrel in the future. "I think it's lovely. It's a bit like rabbit. I think there will be a lot of fuss about this now, but in a few years it will become accepted practice that we eat squirrels. People don't bat an eyelid now about eating rabbit," says Andrew Thornton owner of a Budgens supermarket adding that squirrel meat is more sustainable than beef and that the squirrels will be culled anyway. "It takes about 15 tonnes of grain to produce one tonne of beef, which is not sustainable." But not everyone is happy with the sale of squirrel meat and the animal welfare group Viva accuses Budgens of profiting from a wildlife massacre. "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," says Viva founder and director, Juliet Gellatley."

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