This is the second time this week that culinary uses of badger have been raised by The Telegraph.

Police have issued a public health warning after a respected surgeon revealed that he is feeding his family on roadkill.Dr Austin Hunt says he has turned animal carcasses found on the roadside into tasty, nutritious dishes including tenderloin of wild venison and badger balti.

“I opted to serve the badger in a curry sauce, persuading myself that no dangerous microbes could survive seven hours of slow casseroling with a ton of spices.

“In truth, the flesh resembled some dodgy meat substitute from a long-expired Army ration pack, and despite the lengthy cooking it remained tooth-breakingly tough.

Strange country.