HC Deb 09 July 1868 vol 193 cc908-9

said, he wished to ask the Vice President of the Council, Whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that, on Monday last, three or four hundred head of Cattle, imported from Algeria, were exposed for sale at the Me tropolitan Cattle Market; whether it is true that the greater part of these animals appeared half-starved, in filthy condition, and more or less diseased; and whether there is reason to expect any further importation of a similar character?


said, in reply, that the importation was not from Algiers, but from Tangier. Last May the Government were asked for permission to land cattle from that locality, and they having ascertained that neither the cattle plague nor any other contagious disease existed in that part of Africa, gave the required leave. The cattle were inspected on arrival by Professor Simmons and the Custom House authorities. Only a very few suffered from any disease, and that not a contagious disease; but it was true that they were all starved and had suffered much from the voyage. He did not think that there would be any other such importation, for the importer could obtain no sale for the cattle, and he has suffered great loss from the transaction.