Norris Atthey, founder of The Morpeth Red Squirrel Action Group, was intent on making a statement about humane culling (some would say killing) of squirrels. Thus, in a move designed to provoke the authorities, he publicly announced his drowning of a grey squirrel. As a result, the squirrel died and Mr. Atthey, 67, was forced to plead guilty to a charge of animal cruelty.
He insists that it took only 30 seconds. He is the equivalent to Dr. Kevorkian of Grey Squirrels — claiming to have dispatched 250 greys from his base of operation in Morpeth, Northumberland.
It is all a part of protecting the threatened red squirrel population.