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Suburban Free-Range Meat

Squirrels An Ethical Meal?

— May 13, 2008 — World
Are squirrels the new tofu? Apparently, the little rodents have recently earned themselves the reputation of being an ethical delicacy in the UK. "Suburban 'free-range' meat," was what TreeHugger called it, and the Guardian described it as, "The ultimate ethical meal."

We've mentioned before that the Eastern Gray Squirrel from North America has invaded Western Europe, threatening the European Red Squirrel. They've come up with a number of solutions, but the latest involves capturing them and frying them up as a substitute for more traditional meat dishes.

"A grey squirrel," the Guardian notes, "It tastes sweet, like a cross between lamb and duck. And it's selling as fast as butchers can get it."

Apparently it's selling like hot cakes, with game butchers unable to keep them in stock. I can see it... hunters bring a shipment in, and they don't even have time to freeze fully before they're scooped up!

In North America, most people are still against hunting wild animals... people have their varying opinions, and are entitled to them, but I'll just say my European roots are evidently reflected in my point of view.

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