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A self-described ‘eco-conscious’ couple are looking for a caterer who will prepare their wedding breakfast using only roadkill meat.
The Cotswalds-based pair put an advert up on online local services marketplace Bark.com, saying they want to celebrate their big day in ‘the most sustainable fashion possible’.
According to the engaged couple, they don’t want guests to know the meat is roadkill, and they want the chef to ‘dress it up’ as much as possible. The meat will come from woodland squirrel, pheasant, rabbit, partridge, and deer.
According to Bark.com, it has spoken to the pair, who say the 20kg of roadkill meat is fresh and 100 percent safe.
‘The environment is so important’
The advert says: “The environment is so important to us, and will continue to be as we settle down and start our family. Although money isn’t too much of an issue, weddings are resource heavy and result in so much waste that we don’t want to have any part in that.
“We know that this isn’t something the ‘average’ chef would be happy in helping us with, but are hoping that someone with the right skills and our same passion for the environment can step forward and help us out.
“We have sourced the meat, so all they’d need to do is come up with some delicious recipes to put on a roadkill banquet for our 30 guests, we have approximately 20kg of roadkill meat in our freezer.”
‘Make it your own’
“One of the best things about weddings is being able to make it your own – whether that’s with the decor, venue, or the food. I guess in this instance, the couple really want to show their commitment to not only each other, but to their lifestyle,” Bark.com Co-founder, Kai Feller said, in a statement sent to Plant Based News.
“We pride ourselves on being able to connect customers with the perfect professional, no matter what the job is. Hopefully this couple can find the right person to help make their big day exactly how they want it.”
Animal rights charity PETA is pro-eating roadkill – if ‘people must eat animal carcasses’ – saying that in this situation, it is ‘a superior option to the neatly shrink-wrapped plastic packages of meat in the supermarket’
“Eating roadkill is healthier for the consumer than meat laden with antibiotics, hormones, and growth stimulants, as most meat is today,” says PETA.
“It is also more humane in that animals killed on the road were not castrated, dehorned, or debeaked without anesthesia, did not suffer the trauma and misery of transportation in a crowded truck in all weather extremes, and did not hear the screams and smell the fear of the animals ahead of them on the slaughter line. Perhaps the animals never knew what hit them.”