British ex-zoologist says roadkill is solution to hunger

Britain is enduring a fierce battle over plans to cull wild animals to control diseases, but for Arthur Boyt, 74, this represents an opportunity for fine dining.

The ex-zoologist lives on scavenged animal meat around his rural home in Davidstow in Cornwall, southwest England, and told us he is just waiting for the world to follow his lead.

Metro: Thousands of badgers in Britain are to be killed by the government. Is that good or bad news?

Boyt: I was disappointed about the badger cull, and I didn’t want to talk about eating them as I live in a sensitive area.

Do badgers taste better than other roadkill?

They are fairly normal, along with rabbits and pheasants. There are so many of them on the road and people should be aware of the treasure in dirty packages. They can be cooked and provide for people, especially the poor.

What is the rarest treat?

Foxes are the least eaten, but I have discovered an old Italian recipe: you keep it hanging in a freezer and steam it, then roll in flour and season with herbs. Pan sear it briefly, then stew in water.

What is your signature dish?

Badger’s head.

Do you like the attention your activities have received, and what influence would you like to have?

Everybody enjoys a bit of fame, and it’s nice to hear from people that I haven’t seen in 20 years. I don’t know if I have influence, there is certainly a small group of acquaintances who dip into this supply.

What is your routine for collecting roadkill?

I never go out looking, it’s just when I’m out riding my bike – you would be amazed what I find. Of course it’s difficult to carry animals on a bike, I’ve ridden all over the world and even carried deer, but it’s hard to stop them slipping off.

Does it matter what condition the animal is in?

There’s a limit: maggots are the worst because they eat so quickly. But most things stay edible, especially in winter they can be eaten after two weeks on the road. You just have to cook very thoroughly.

What reactions do you get in your community?

They think I’m a joke. Most people I invite for dinner decline, but some younger people, and my brother-in-law and his wife, do come and share a meal.

 


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Miley Cyrus hospitalized, cancels Kansas concert, condition unknown,…

Singer Miley Cyrus was hospitalized on Tuesday night after suffering what is believed to be 'a severe allergic reaction' to antibiotics medication. The 21-year-old Bangerz…

News

Explosions in new Boston Marathon bomb panic, 'twisted'…

A fresh Boston Marathon terror alert, which caused Bomb Squad officers to order an evacuation while two controlled explosions were carried out, was today being…

Local

Bomb squad detonates backpacks left at Marathon finish…

The Boston Marathon finish line has been evacuated and the Copley Square T station has been closed as police investigate a suspicious package, WBZ is reporting.

National

Reddit boosts news capabilities in social media turf…

By Jennifer SabaNEW YORK (Reuters) - Reddit, a website with a retro-'90s look and space-alien mascot that tracks everything from online news to celebrity Q&As,…

Entertainment

Miley Cyrus hospitalized, cancels Kansas concert, condition unknown,…

Singer Miley Cyrus was hospitalized on Tuesday night after suffering what is believed to be 'a severe allergic reaction' to antibiotics medication. The 21-year-old Bangerz…

Television

'Orphan Black's' Jordan Gavaris talks Felix's Season 2…

Jordan Gavaris plays heroically helpful foster sibling Felix to main clone Sarah on "Orphan Black." We talked to him about what’s ahead for him in…

Television

TV watch list, Tuesday, April 15: 'New Girl,'…

'New Girl' Nick and Jess are hiding their breakup from the other loft residents. And Winston passes the police academy exam! That guy needed some…

Television

'Orphan Black' is back with 'crazy clone shenanigans'

“Orphan Black” is the little show that could. It had a few things working against it: a sci-fi premise, attracting an audience who had never…

MLB

MLB video highlights: White Sox beat Red Sox…

Red Sox fall on walk-off error to White Sox

NBA

NBA Draft Lottery day is May 20: Celtics…

NBA Draft Lottery day is Tuesday, May 20: Celtics percentage odds for a top overall pick

MLB

Opinion: Major League Baseball replay system shouldn't be…

Opinion: Major League Baseball replay system shouldn't be dumped just yet

NHL

Bruins - Red Wings preview: David Krejci ready…

Bruins - Red Wings preview: David Krejci ready to erupt once again in playoffs

Home

Steal home decorating tips from Nattystyle blogger Natalie…

Despite the towering ceilings and enviable exposed brick, it’s easy to see how Natalie Decleve’s apartment could be considered a challenge. Perched above the streets…

Home

How to plant a garden in the city

Small on space but big on gardening? You can still have that welcoming oasis of fresh air with an urban garden. Peter Smith, owner of…

Style

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show moving to England

It will still broadcast on CBS this fall.

Tech

Google Glass finally goes on sale for regular…

The Google Glass finally went on sale for regular people. It only costs $1,500.