§ Mr. Buxton
rose, on the order for the third reading, of this bill, and having stated some objections, recommended the hon. member by whom it was introduced, 874 to withdraw it, for the purpose of introducing an amended measure next session.
§ Mr. Scarlett
opposed the Bill, not because he did not concur with the hon. mover, in disapproving of the ill-treatment of animals, but because the offences proposed to be punished by this bill were of too vague and indefinite a nature. Indeed, if the, principle were adopted he could not see where the line was to be drawn, or why there should not be a punishment affixed to the boiling of lobsters, or the eating of oysters alive.
§ Mr. Holford
expressed a wish that the hon. member would withdraw the He really should not, as a magistrate, know how to act, if a postboy were brought before him, under the present bill, for riding his horse too hard.
§ Mr. R. Martin
said, he was satisfied of the propriety and justice of the measure; and, as he thought the majority of the House was with him, he should press it.
§ The amendment being withdrawn, the bill was read a third time, and passed.