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Road kill off menu this Christmas
Arthur Boyt
Arthur Boyt has been cooking road kill for 30 years
Road kill fan Arthur Boyt will be foregoing his usual Christmas treat of badger, weasel or fox this year.

Instead he will be tucking into roast turkey and all the usual trimmings at his in-laws' home.

Mr Boyt, 66, from Davidstow in Cornwall, has a freezer full of road kill which he eats regularly.

Although he has been an enthusiast for creatures killed on the road for 30 years, he said he would never foist his taste on his relatives.

"I'm a bit disappointed, but one has to go along with other people's prejudices," he told BBC News.

Some of the family would be pleased to have a bit of badger or rabbit, but you have to go along with the majority
Arthur Boyt

"Some of the family would be pleased to have a bit of badger or rabbit, but you have to go along with the majority.

"If I was providing the meat for myself it would be off the road."

Mr Boyt, who has a degree in biology, regularly eats badger, rabbit, deer, weasel, hedgehog, squirrel and fox.

Some of his more unusual meals have included a greater horseshoe bat and otter.

He says it is safe as long as it is cooked properly.

"Most meat is hung before it is eaten, but people think that because it has been killed on the road there must be something wrong with it.

"They do not realise that having been through the hands of the farming industry that it could have been treated with all kinds of things that are going to be far more unwholesome than wild animal."

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