Richard Madeley eats squirrel live on Good Morning Britain08/28/2023
Richard Madeley tucked into a bit of squirrel live on air today during Good Morning Britain – and happy Bank Holiday Monday to you!
The presenter, 67, was co-hosting the programme alongside Kate Garraway, 56, with the duo discussing the concept of squirrel burgers.
Having both been presented with the fare for a debate between a farmer who is selling the item and a Peta representative who felt it was cruel, Richard described the food as smelling ‘pungent’.
Made up of 80% squirrel and 20% pork for fat – with three squirrels needed per burger – Richard carefully removed the salad on top of his dressed burger before taking a bite, in the name of experimentation.
The broadcasterc, who recently shared his thoughts on Britney Spears’ pole dancing, chewed a little, thoughtfully, before declaring: ‘It tastes not unlike a chicken burger, actually.’
Kate had previously voiced her aversion to trying the burger because of her fondness for Beatrix Potter’s character, Squirrel Nutkin.
The meat patty was prepared by the show’s guest, farmer and influencer Gareth Wynn Jones, who plans to serve squirrel burgers, made from grey squirrels only, at his pop-up restaurant Cwtch Kitchen during the Welsh Game Fair on September 9 and 10.
Peta’s representative blasted Gareth for claiming the species needed to be culled, explaining: ‘There is a humane solution to every perceived problem, in this instance there’s vaccinations for red squirrels, there’s actually oral contraceptives, there’s habitat modification.’
‘You can do other than frying them up, is what she’s saying,’ chimed in Kate.
However, Gareth was having none of it, as he called it ‘the biggest joke I’ve ever heard’.
‘We’ve got to protect our red squirrels, they’re beautiful, they’re in danger.’
He added: ‘Don’t mislead people into saying we’re just blasting them out of the trees, they’re being caught in traps – but we have to take them out of that equation if we want to protect. They’re carrying a pox, the greys, which are killing the red [squirrels].’
The farmer also claimed that grey squirrels are ‘killing songbirds’ and ‘chewing saplings’ in forests.
Grey squirrels are native to America and as an import to the UK have had a negative impact on the country’s native red squirrel population.
According to the Woodland Trust, grey squirrels compete with reds for food and also carry a virus known as squirrelpox, which they are immune to but is fatal for red squirrels.
The UK’s only viable populations of red squirrels are in places where greys are rare or absent.
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