§ * SIR LEWIS McIVER (Edinburgh, W.)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Agriculture, whether, having regard to the facts that the muzzling order has now been in operation in London for four months; that during that time all the stray and ownerless dogs have been destroyed; and that the muzzle causes great torment and discomfort to dogs in this hot weather, he could now recommend a relaxation of the order?
§ * THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE (Mr. WALTER LONG,) Liverpool, West Derby
During the last four weeks, 22 cases of rabies in dogs have been reported in London and the home counties, and 2,962 stray dogs have been seized in London, only 899 of which were claimed. These circumstances seem to me to clearly point to the necessity of the continuance in force of muzzling regulations, and I regret, therefore, that I cannot accede to the suggestion of my hon. Friend.