Smith Under Investigation After Killing Squirrels Comment
An animal rights watchdog group is investigating MARK E. SMITH after the veteran rocker told an interviewer he's killed endangered red squirrels with hedge clippers.
The Fall frontman also told British magazine Uncut he has no problem with people driving their cars over seagulls if they want to.
The publication quotes Smith as saying, "(I'd) happily set about an endangered red squirrel with a set of professional hedge-clippers.
"Squirrels mean nothing to me. I killed a couple last weekend actually. They were eating my garden fence.
"My sisters are animal lovers and they had been leaving food out for these squirrels. They've got rats in the bloody house now. Serves 'em right."
But bosses at the U.K.'s Royal Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals (RSPCA) are less than impressed, and are now looking into prosecuting Smith.
RSPCA spokesman Klare Kennett says, "The comments made by Mark E. Smith are extremely irresponsible and he has basically admitted to committing an offence under the Wildlife And Countryside Act by killing two red squirrels.
"These animals are highly protected and anyone killing, harming or taking red squirrels from the wild is liable to prosecution and can face up to six months in prison and/or a fine of up to GBP20,000.
"We will certainly be investigating this alleged offence now it has been brought to our attention."