HC Deb 19 July 1905 vol 149 cc1178-9

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Agriculture whether his attention has been directed to several outbreaks of anthrax in the county of Devon, and whether he has taken the necessary measures for spreading information amongst agriculturists and others to counteract the ravages of this disease.


The prevalence of anthrax in the county of Devon has for some time past been receiving our special attention and we are in communication with the local authority with respect to it. A notice calling attention to the dangerous character of the disease and to the risk attending the cutting up of the carcases of affected animals was issued to every owner of stock in the county last autumn. In addition, a leaflet on the subject has been widely distributed throughout the county by the police, and our inspectors are instructed to give the matter their special attention when making inquiries in connection with outbreaks of the disease. I shall be happy to supply copies of the notice and leaflet to the hon. Member for his information.