Disease Proof

No Squirrel for You!

Every once and a while a news report comes along that makes you question man’s title as the most sophisticated creature on planet earth. Well my friends, this is one such report. According to the Associated Press New Jersey officials have warned SQUIRREL HUNTERS about consuming SQUIRRELS because they could be contaminated with lead from a nearby toxic waste dump. Finish your double-take, and here’s more:
A lead-contaminated squirrel was found in the area two months ago, prompting the agency, along with the state Department of Environmental Protection, to send out letters advising that adults eat squirrel no more than twice a week and even less for children and pregnant women…


…Residents and many environmental activists believe the lead comes from toxic waste, including paint sludge, dumped in the area by the Ford Motor Co. during the 1960s and early 1970s, from its now-closed car manufacturing plant in Mahwah.
Squirrel hunters? Eating squirrel? Something tells me that the evolution of our species might still need some tinkering with.
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