Would you eat a dead animal you’d just hit with your car? – One fifth of Brit’s claim they would!


A learner driver is taught that you must never swerve or brake heavily to avoid an animal that runs in front of your vehicle whilst on the road – for the safety of yourself and other road users.

Following a Freedom of Information request by UK road authorities, it’s been revealed that between 2016 and 2017, nearly 4,000 reports were received concerning dead animals.

Hitting an animal whilst behind the wheel can leave many drivers extremely traumatised whilst others view it (depending on the animal hit) as tonight’s supper!

According to a poll, 18% of Brit’s claim they have either already eaten roadkill or say they would consider it.

Would you eat a dead animal you'd just hit with your car? - One fifth of Brit's claim they would!

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Highways England, Transport Scotland and the Welsh Department of Transport claim that 3,907 animals have been reported dead on major routes throughout the country over the past 2 years.

This figure doesn’t include incidents of animal deaths on local roads which are recorded by local authorities instead.

The figures released show deer as the biggest animal casualty, with 1,117 reported found dead on the side of the road between 2016 and 2017 – this equates to nearly a third (29%) of the whole total of animal numbers discovered dead over the 24 month period.

The second highest road casualty at the hands of motorists was the badger – 915 (23%) reported dead within a two-year period.

Third on the list of animal casualties on the road was the fox, with 756 cases of death reported.

For lovers of animals any death is sad but particularly so for those of us who own a domestic animal such as a dog or cat.

Cats and dogs came fourth and fifth respectively of animals killed by vehicles on UK roads, with 340 cats (9%) and 286 dogs (7%) having been killed between 2016 and 2017.

However, a couple of unlikely animals appeared on the list too – one wild boar and one wallaby were also reported as being killed during the same 24 month period.

Many animal deaths are not reported, so the actual figure could be much higher and would explain why the numbers related to birds (50), rabbits (4) and pheasants (4) are surprisingly low.

The most deadly road in the UK for animals is the A303, which stretches from basingstoke to Devon – 434 dead animals were reported here and accounted for 12% of the grand total over the two-year period from 2016 to 2017.

What many motorists don’t know is what animal death do you have to illegally own up to in the UK – well here’s the list according to the Road Traffic Act 1988:

  • Dogs
  • Horses
  • Donkeys & Mules
  • Cattle
  • Sheep
  • Pigs
  • Goats


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