HC Deb 18 February 1884 vol 284 c1205

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, If his attention has been called to a statement quoted in The Echo of February 12th, from The Newbury Weekly News, that Joseph Tilbury, of Eddington, appeared to a summons charged with having stolen a dead wild rabbit from off land at Eddington, the property of William Palmer, and committed for one month's imprisonment with hard labour; and if the proposes to take any action in the matter?


, in reply, said, that it might be a question whether a rabbit, when dead, was wild or not. When killed and reduced into possession the rabbit became the property of the person who had a right to it, and anyone who stole it from him was guilty of theft.