Roadkill fan says culled badgers should be used for food
A man who has spent his life dining on roadkill says culled badgers should be given to the public - so they can eat them.
Eccentric Arthur Boyt, 73, feasts on creatures killed by cars - including weasels, rats, hedgehogs, pheasants, squirrels, bat, otters and even dogs.
Arthur started his bizarre eating habit 50 years ago and still regularly scoops up the flattened animals and skins, cooks and eats them.
He now says all the badgers which are killed under the Government culling scheme shouldn't go to waste - and should be served up on dinner tables.
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Arthur has even come up with a canny recipe which he thinks could be a winner to feed hungry Brits - badger casserole.
He said: "I'm against the cull - but it would be ridiculous not to use the dead badgers. Badger makes a pretty good meal.
"I don't agree with the killing of badgers, unless scientists can prove without a shadow of a doubt that they cause harm to cattle.
"But I was left wondering, what are they going to do with the tonnes of fully edible badger meat from perfectly healthy animals they have shot?
"I've eaten badger for 55 years and I certainly haven't got TB. 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."
Arthur, a former civil servant and scientist, does not kill animals and all his free meat comes from the roads around his home on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall.
He lives with long-suffering wife Sue, 59, who does not share his exotic taste in meat, because she is vegetarian.
Arthur scrapes his food up with a shovel, skins them and cuts the meat into joints
- often eating them in a stew or a sandwich.
His daily diet regularly includes fox, hare, sparrow, deer, pigeon and even a porcupine he brought back from a holiday in Canada.
The wild diet isn't a fattening one either - despite eating three flat meals a day he weighs in at a sprightly 9.5 stone.
He said: "People are happy to eat an apple which has fallen out of the tree - so what's the difference? Just because it hasn't got a label on doesn't mean it's not edible."
Arthur, of Davidstow, Cornwall, started his highway diet as a 13-year-old.
He explained: "I was riding my bike through a park and I found a dead pheasant. I took it home and asked mum to cook it and it was delicious."
Since 1992 it has been illegal to kill badgers in Britain - so the only way to get hold of one to eat has been by picking one off the road.
RECIPE FOR ARTHUR BOYT'S BADGER CASSEROLE:
Two badger hams, potatoes, broccoli, a big onion, sliced carrot, cooking oil, parsnip, flour, salt, pepper, spices tomatoes
* Skin the badger in the garage as this stops the fleas getting all round the house. Take off the hind legs with as much back muscle as possible and this will give you two good hams weighing around 3lbs.
The hams will have a good covering of fat and this will serve to baste the meat during cooking. If you are having a big crowd to dinner, add the forelegs, shoulder and, if need be, the neck as well.
Dredge the hams in seasoned flour, put a little oil into a casserole dish and lightly fry the meat on both sides. Remove the meat and fry the onion until it is golden. Slice the spuds and parsnip put them on the onion and chuck in the tomatoes.
Put the meat on top and pour on a cup of cider/wine/stock with the remains of the seasoned flour. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
Place in a hot oven for 1-1.5hrs. Alternatively you can put it in a slow oven or in the bottom of the AGA for 3hrs and go out for a good walk to work up an appetite.
Add the chopped up carrots and put it back in the oven for half an hour.
Boil a pan of broccoli (or greens of your choice) for 5 minutes. Spoon off any fat or oil from the casserole and serve the meat on the bone with the sauce.