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Budgens refusing to budge
The Crouch End, North London branch of Budgens has said that they will not budge on their decision to sell squirrel meat. If all the press that Viva! received after calling them out didn't convince them, then we need to start talking to them directly.
We’re asking all supporters, particularly those in the North London area, to politely get in contact with the store manager and chief executive of Musgrave (who own Budgens) and tell them the facts about squirrels in the UK, and ask them to stop selling this beautiful wild animal. Hopefully with a show of public support, we can convince them to take it off the shelves for good!
Here are the contact details you’ll need!
Musgrave Retail Partners
Tel: 0870 0500158
23 The Broadway
T. 020 8340 9636
As always, you can send any correspondence to Viva! to use in our campaign to stop the sale of squirrel meat and stop ‘wildlife massacre’ from continuing in the UK!
Native to North America, the grey squirrel was brought to Victorian Britain as an ornamental species by the aristocracy. today, these highly intelligent and adaptable animals can be seen in woodlands, parks and gardens across the country.
While many people have great affection and respect for grey squirrels, they are hated by members of certain groups, most notably those with shooting or forestry interests, and some 'conservationists' who believe that the mass killing of greys is justifiable in their quest to boost the number of red squirrels.
UPDATED: Viva! hits out at Budgens for permitting the sale of Squirrel meat
As reported earlier, Europe’s largest campaigning group Viva!, say Budgens are supporting the barbaric and needless ‘cull’ of thousands of grey Squirrels across the UK, alongside the cruel and needless fashion of eating ‘wild meat’, by permitting the independently owned branch in Crouch End, North London, to sell the animal.
The story was reported widely last week, Thursday August, 12. Articles were featured by The Telegraph, The Guardian and in today’s Daily Mail – as well as some other news sites!
To find out more about Squirrels, read our press releases here and here, and the factsheet here!
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