HC Deb 08 May 1906 vol 156 c1165

I beg to ask the hon. Member for South Somerset, as representing the President of the Board of Agriculture, whether his attention has been called to the conditions of the traffic in broken down old horses carried on between English ports and the continent; and, if so, whether he will take steps to put a stop to the cruelties involved; and will he say whether such horses are exported for human food.

SIR EDWARD STRACHEY (Somersetshire, S.)

The traffic in question is subject to the provisions of the Exportation of Horses Order, 1898, and the conditions under which it is carried on are under the constant supervision of the Inspectors of the Board. I will supply my hon. friend with a copy of the Order. Some of the horses exported are used for human food.