HC Deb 03 March 1879 vol 244 cc10-1

asked the Vice President of the Council, Whether, considering the scarcity of store cattle in this Country and the expectation entertained prior to the issue of the recent Order in Council that there would be a large importation of such cattle in the coming spring from the Western States of America, where it is believed cattle are and always have been free of any contagious disease, the Veterinary Department will institute inquiries whether the cattle in those States are free of disease; and, if this is found to be the case, whether their importation could be safely permitted, provided they come through Canada by way of Sarnia or Detroit, and not passing through any of the Eastern States or shipped at a United States port?


In reply to the Question of the hon. Gentleman, I can only state that so long as cases of pleuro-pneumonia exist in the United States, it would not be consistent with Part 4 of the 5th Schedule of the Act of last Session to exempt cattle coming from the Western States of America from the strong provisions of the Act relating to the slaughter of animals at the port of debarkation.