Roadkill 'connoisseur' Arthur Boyt says badger casserole is a delight30 Sep 2013 17:41
A simple stew of badger meat and vegetables makes for a very tasty meal, claims roadkill enthusiast
A man who calls himself a "roadkill connoisseur" has spoken about the joys of eating badger meat.
Arthur Boyt, who lives at a remote spot in Cornwall, has been retrieving animals killed on the roads and eating them since the 1960s.
His favourite way to cook a badger is to dust the whole animal with flour and herbs - head included - before seasoning and braising it for five hours with whatever vegetables he has in the house.
Mr Boyt, 74, has eaten an incredible array of animals in his time, everything from mice to polecats - and even cats and dogs.
As long as the animals were killed on the road accidentally and not deliberately, Mr Boyt sees them as fair game.
His latest recipe suggestion comes at a time when thousands of badgers face being culled in the British countryside after the Government pressed ahead with a controversial policy designed to combat the spread of TB to cattle despite protests from animal rights campaigners.
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said pilot culls in West Somerset and West Gloucestershire would kill around 5,000 badgers - equivalent to 10% of badgers killed on UK roads every year.
But Labour called for a stop to the killing, saying there was no valid scientific evidence to support the idea that it is an effective way to contain the spread of TB.
In an address to fellow MPs, Labour's Chris Williamson said of the cull: “It is absolutely bonkers. It is criminal and it should stop."
Mr Boyt for his part is also against the cull - but as it is going ahead he thinks it would be a "ridiculous" waste not to use the badger meat for food.
"I've eaten badger for 55 years and I certainly haven't got tuberculosis. As with all meat you just make sure you cook it long and hot enough to kill any bugs.
"Badgers are fully edible and their meat could be used to feed the hungry rather than being chucked in a furnace, I can't see any point in that."