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12/12/2017 6:18:50 AM

Man lived off Roadkill diet for 30 years to avoid going to the supermarket to buy meat

A 44-year-old man from south England has survived on a diet of roadkill for 30 years to avoid buying meat from the supermarket.

Jonathan McGowan said he got his first taste of roadkill after cooking a dead adder when he was just 14 but took up the diet full time to save money while studying at university.

The Dorset taxidermist said he never felt squeamish about sinking his teeth into dead rats, owls, foxes, seagulls, hedgehogs and other animals because he grew up in the country and had a love of the natural world.

"I used to cut up dead animals to see their insides and when I did all I could see was fresh, organic meat, better than the kind I had seen in the supermarkets — So I never saw a problem with cooking and eating it," he said.

The bachelor now gives presentations in schools and universities preaching the virtues of his diet, which he says is healthier than mass produced meat.

Mr McGowan said his owl curries and rat stir fries were a big hit with friends he invites for dinner.

Another favourite is a salad he makes with pan-fried spiders, celery and raisins.

"It"s a bit like Waldorf salad, only with daddy long-legs, I don"t eat the legs through, that would be weird," he said.

diet Jonathan McGowan  has dined diet supermarket meats

Appetising meal  owl curries squirrel pie  Jonathan  has sampled every form wildlife over the years including  pigeon  heron and duck
From owl curries to squirrel pie, Jonathan, 44, has sampled every form of wildlife over the years including, pigeon, heron and duck.

LunchJonathan McGowan    slices open pigeon  loves eat marinated and cooked with red wine



Man lived off Roadkill diet for 30 years to avoid going to the supermarket to buy meatMan lived off Roadkill diet for 30 years to avoid going to the supermarket to buy meat

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