Archive for July, 2010

The sale of grey squirrel meat in London causes controversy

Friday, July 30th, 2010

An independently-owned Budgens grocery store in North London has started the sale of grey squirrel meat sourced from the County of Essex. However, this has been criticised by opponents such as VIVA – Vegetarians Voice for Animals – saying that this is a barbaric and needless cull and what gruesome product will be next to grace our food aisles, [...]

Attractive piebald, grey squirrel seen in Somerset, England

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

An attractive piebald grey squirrel, with a dark, russet head, silver white back and sides and grey tail was photographed by Dennis Hawker feeding on a bird table in Somerset, England in June 2010 – the photograph has been placed in the Gallery.  Apparently, the squirrel has been a regular visitor to the garden during the summer. It would [...]

Man fined for killing grey squirrel in England has wider implications

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

In July, a man was given a 6 months conditional discharge from Burton-upon-Trent Magistrates’ Court in Staffordshire, Central England and ordered to pay £1,547 to cover investigation and legal fees incurred by the Royal Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) for  killing a grey squirrel. The man had trapped the squirrel in [...]

Squirrels and ‘nuts’

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

Seeing how a grey squirrel escaping ‘death by car’, Natalie Angier recently wrote a piece in the New York Times about the fascination that these animals have for biologists in USA.