The Guardian is reporting a story in which a North London store is selling squirrel meat. The store manager says “There are too many squirrels around, we might as well eat them rather than cull them and dispose of them.”
He predicted more people would eat squirrel in the future.
“I think it’s lovely. It’s 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,” he said.
This, of course, has animal rights activists in an absolute tizzy. Viva, a British animal rights group, is trying to organize a boycott of the store for promoting “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.”
If one wonders why the sun has set on the British Empire, wonder no more.