“Squirrels mean nothing to me. I killed a couple last weekend actually. They were eating my garden fence,” he said in an interview with the music monthly.

The maverick frontman from John Peel’s favourite band also boasted that he “wouldn’t have a problem” with running over seagulls for fun.

“To suggest in a magazine read by youngsters that it is a good idea to harm wildlife is both extremely stupid and highly irresponsible,” RSPCA spokesman Klare Kennett told The Daily Telegraph.

She said anyone killing or harming the highly protected red squirrels could face six months in prison and a £20,000 fine.

Harming the grey squirrel (or Sciurus Carolinensis), which has been introduced into the U.K. and is running the reds off their home turf, isn’t considered so heinous and seldom results in prosecution. –