Does Squirrel Nutkin really want you to eat his cousins?
Vegan Porn tipped us off to the latest squirrel news. It seems that the red squirrel population in the UK is now at an all time low of 160,000. In contrast, the population of the imported American grey squirrel is 2 million. Lord Inglewood is now encouraging people to eat the foreign greys in the hopes of saving native reds. Though Lord Inglewood admits that he’s never actually eaten a squirrel, he’s willing to develop a palate for the cute critters in the name of patriotic alliance with Beatrix Potter’s Nutkin and friends, stating:
“Don’t let’s forget that a number of things we eat as a matter of course are entirely loveable creatures and they appeal to the wider world. What’s the difference?
“More importantly it’s not only me that’s going to feel let down. It’s going to be the red squirrels too.”
“Unless something radical and imaginative is done Squirrel Nutkin and his friends are going to be toast.”
Lord Inglewod hopes the grey squirrel will be added to the House of Commons menu and that Jamie Oliver will help him promote them as a lunch food for schoolchildren.