The ultimate ethical meal: grey squirrel

“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.

Simpson likens the taste to wild boar. Ridley thinks it is more a cross between duck and lamb. ‘It’s moist and sweet because, basically, its diet has been berries and nuts,’ he said.

Both believe its new-found popularity is partly due to its green credentials. ‘People like the fact it is wild meat, low in fat and local – so no food miles,’ says Simpson. Ridley reckons that patriotism also plays a part: ‘Eat a grey and save a red. That’s the message.’

‘People may say they are buying it because it’s green and environmentally friendly, but really they’re doing it out of curiosity and because of the novelty value. If they can say, “Darling, tonight we’re having squirrel”, then that takes care of the first 30 minutes of any dinner party conversation. I see it remaining a niche. There’s not much meat on a squirrel, so I’d be surprised if farming squirrel takes off anywhere some time soon.’ “

Full, suggestive article here

Do I smell senior week barbecue?

Edit: the disturbing fact that the “ultimate ethical meal” happens to involve killing lots and lots of innocent, fuzzy cutelings is not lost on me. DO NOT GO AND KILL THE SQUIRRELS. (I’m fairly sure you’d get some VDS commando team on your ass…)

36 thoughts on “The ultimate ethical meal: grey squirrel

  1. Isaac

    @6:46 Please don’t sink to this level. The “if you don’t like it don’t read it” point simply isn’t valid. You still have to read the headline to skip the article and that pretty much gives away the subject. Also, there may be a number of other students who feel the same way. I’m not saying I agree with 6:36, IMHO squirrels are rodents and really not worse than eating other wild game (or meat). They happen to be cute, but so are young lamb.

  2. Isaac

    @6:46 Please don’t sink to this level. The “if you don’t like it don’t read it” point simply isn’t valid. You still have to read the headline to skip the article and that pretty much gives away the subject. Also, there may be a number of other students who feel the same way. I’m not saying I agree with 6:36, IMHO squirrels are rodents and really not worse than eating other wild game (or meat). They happen to be cute, but so are young lamb.

  3. Anonymous

    THE VDS IS IN COMPLETE SOLIDARITY WITH BRAILLE’S ASS.THE ONLY MEAT-EATING WE ENDORSE, HOWEVER, IS THE EATING OF YUPPIES. AND THEY NEED TO BE FREE-RANGE.–VDS

  4. Anonymous

    THE VDS IS IN COMPLETE SOLIDARITY WITH BRAILLE’S ASS.

    THE ONLY MEAT-EATING WE ENDORSE, HOWEVER, IS THE EATING OF YUPPIES. AND THEY NEED TO BE FREE-RANGE.

    –VDS

  5. Holly

    Sadly, I think it says a lot about where I come from when eating squirrel isn’t a “novelty,” but literally something people quite often do. I mean, my neighbors make squirrel jerky. I shit you not.

  6. Holly

    Sadly, I think it says a lot about where I come from when eating squirrel isn’t a “novelty,” but literally something people quite often do. I mean, my neighbors make squirrel jerky. I shit you not.

  7. Anonymous

    great response Braille. 6:36, the argument that against killing animals to eat them is “mean”, or whatever, is inane. are you seriously disturbed by all the killing of “innocent animals” that supports all ecosystems and food chains in nature? are predatory animals intrinsically evil because they kill other animals in order to survive? are human meat-eaters evil because we evolved by eating a lot of animal protein, and continue to do so because it provides a good source of necessary, delicious nutrients?that said, I love cute animals as much as anybody and am looking forward to the day when meat is grown in laboratories, so I can finally reconcile my love of delicious grilled animal with my love of adorable living animals.

  8. Anonymous

    great response Braille. 6:36, the argument that against killing animals to eat them is “mean”, or whatever, is inane. are you seriously disturbed by all the killing of “innocent animals” that supports all ecosystems and food chains in nature? are predatory animals intrinsically evil because they kill other animals in order to survive? are human meat-eaters evil because we evolved by eating a lot of animal protein, and continue to do so because it provides a good source of necessary, delicious nutrients?

    that said, I love cute animals as much as anybody and am looking forward to the day when meat is grown in laboratories, so I can finally reconcile my love of delicious grilled animal with my love of adorable living animals.

  9. Braille

    @ 6:36 – I’m sorry if you’re offended. I think I posted something to the effect of don’t do this. When Wesleying advertises a campus wide barbecue at which hamburgers will be served to 80% of the patrons, are you similarly disturbed? I’m guessing not. If so, I’d imagine you must get disturbed pretty damned often, and I’m sorry. The food supply is a pretty goddamned disturbing thing when you look below the packaged surface. The fact that this killing is Not submerged beneath layers of advertising, slaughterhouses, packaging and obfuscation is what makes it so disturbing to you, I think. Innocent creatures come in all shapes and sizes, whatever ‘innocent’ means. Get offended about something Actual. Or, you know, VDS my ass.@6:46 : you are well intentioned I think, as was 6:36, but your argument sucks. In the first place, it’s hard to ascertain whether you’re going to be offended or disturbed by something you haven’t yet read. In the second place, how the hell do you know what nutrients our bodies were “designed for”? Are you saying that you can’t get the same or even greater range and amount of nutrients with a well-planned and thoughtfully prepared vegetarian or *Gasp* even vegan diet? I don’t even know where the ‘designed’ element comes into play… something about molars. I think another retort would be that the Reason Not To is minimizing the suffering of conscious beings.That said, I’m no vegetarian. Niman Ranch Sirloin FTW.

  10. Braille

    @ 6:36 – I’m sorry if you’re offended. I think I posted something to the effect of don’t do this. When Wesleying advertises a campus wide barbecue at which hamburgers will be served to 80% of the patrons, are you similarly disturbed? I’m guessing not. If so, I’d imagine you must get disturbed pretty damned often, and I’m sorry. The food supply is a pretty goddamned disturbing thing when you look below the packaged surface. The fact that this killing is Not submerged beneath layers of advertising, slaughterhouses, packaging and obfuscation is what makes it so disturbing to you, I think. Innocent creatures come in all shapes and sizes, whatever ‘innocent’ means. Get offended about something Actual. Or, you know, VDS my ass.

    @6:46 : you are well intentioned I think, as was 6:36, but your argument sucks. In the first place, it’s hard to ascertain whether you’re going to be offended or disturbed by something you haven’t yet read. In the second place, how the hell do you know what nutrients our bodies were “designed for”? Are you saying that you can’t get the same or even greater range and amount of nutrients with a well-planned and thoughtfully prepared vegetarian or *Gasp* even vegan diet? I don’t even know where the ‘designed’ element comes into play… something about molars. I think another retort would be that the Reason Not To is minimizing the suffering of conscious beings.

    That said, I’m no vegetarian. Niman Ranch Sirloin FTW.

  11. Anonymous

    MEAT *IS* DELICIOUS.however, eating squirrel sounds silly. they seem to frisky and robust to make a succulent, tender kebob. anyways, why eat squirrel when you can eat delicious cow?

  12. Anonymous

    MEAT *IS* DELICIOUS.

    however, eating squirrel sounds silly. they seem to frisky and robust to make a succulent, tender kebob. anyways, why eat squirrel when you can eat delicious cow?

  13. Anonymous

    6:36:maybe there are omnivores who enjoy the article posted…if it disturbs you, don’t read it. We have no reason why not to get the full range of nutrients our bodies were designed for, including the ones only found in meat. Animals are killed in nature, it’s the way of the world. Including squirrels.

  14. Anonymous

    6:36:

    maybe there are omnivores who enjoy the article posted…

    if it disturbs you, don’t read it.

    We have no reason why not to get the full range of nutrients our bodies were designed for, including the ones only found in meat. Animals are killed in nature, it’s the way of the world. Including squirrels.

  15. Anonymous

    dear 5:42 PM,Then you are not a hardcore vegetarian.-sincerely a real hardcore vegetarian who is seriously disturbed by the fact that wesleying would even post something about killing innocent animals. We have no ethical right, at least that I can see.

  16. Anonymous

    dear 5:42 PM,

    Then you are not a hardcore vegetarian.

    -sincerely a real hardcore vegetarian who is seriously disturbed by the fact that wesleying would even post something about killing innocent animals.

    We have no ethical right, at least that I can see.

  17. Braille

    I think they still might be overpopulated. I mean, deer are native, but the removal of many of their natural predators to protect livestock has led to crazy overpopulation. also, the Missouri Department of Conservation website, whose mission is to “help you discover, enjoy and conserve” wildlife, has videos of how to cook squirrels.

  18. Braille

    I think they still might be overpopulated. I mean, deer are native, but the removal of many of their natural predators to protect livestock has led to crazy overpopulation. also, the Missouri Department of Conservation website, whose mission is to “help you discover, enjoy and conserve” wildlife, has videos of how to cook squirrels.

  19. Sarah

    I personally think this is great. It’s a good way to take care of serious environmental issue – grey squirrels were introduced to the UK from the US, which is not good news for the native red squirrels. If all problems with invasive species could be solved with “novelty” products/meals, the world ecosystem would be a lot better off.Also, in terms of it being ethical to eat furry, cute animals – I’m a vegetarian, so I probably wouldn’t eat squirrel, but I don’t have a problem with other people eating meat, and at least these are wild animals, being killed to be eaten – they aren’t suffering like farmed animals do, and they aren’t being killed for sport. Decent, in terms of meat-eating.At Wes, the grey squirrels are native. The British argument for this being ethical doesn’t apply in the US. So, yes, don’t go out killing squirrels and frying them up in order to feel better about your meat consumption.

  20. Sarah

    I personally think this is great. It’s a good way to take care of serious environmental issue – grey squirrels were introduced to the UK from the US, which is not good news for the native red squirrels. If all problems with invasive species could be solved with “novelty” products/meals, the world ecosystem would be a lot better off.

    Also, in terms of it being ethical to eat furry, cute animals – I’m a vegetarian, so I probably wouldn’t eat squirrel, but I don’t have a problem with other people eating meat, and at least these are wild animals, being killed to be eaten – they aren’t suffering like farmed animals do, and they aren’t being killed for sport. Decent, in terms of meat-eating.

    At Wes, the grey squirrels are native. The British argument for this being ethical doesn’t apply in the US. So, yes, don’t go out killing squirrels and frying them up in order to feel better about your meat consumption.

  21. Anonymous

    I’m a pretty hardcore vegetarian, and i think i’d be okay with eating one of those fuckers.

  22. Anonymous

    I’m a pretty hardcore vegetarian, and i think i’d be okay with eating one of those fuckers.

  23. Marianna

    A few years ago PETA wanted people to eat blue whales so only one animal had to die to feed people the equivalent of like, a million pigs or something. This is basically the opposite of that. lol.

  24. Marianna

    A few years ago PETA wanted people to eat blue whales so only one animal had to die to feed people the equivalent of like, a million pigs or something. This is basically the opposite of that. lol.

  25. Braille

    ok, so as hilarious as that video is (“You know how squirrels like nuts” WTF>!>!?!???)… that’s a much more honest relationship with your food than…. wherever beef comes from.

  26. Braille

    ok, so as hilarious as that video is (“You know how squirrels like nuts” WTF>!>!?!???)… that’s a much more honest relationship with your food than…. wherever beef comes from.

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