HC Deb 31 May 1934 vol 290 c343

asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been drawn to a case at Dorchester on Saturday, 26th May last, in which two men received the maximum sentence of three months' imprisonment, with bard labour, for cruelty to a chicken by tearing off its wings and breaking its legs, the bird being still alive when found in this condition; whether, in view of the frequency of such cases of gross cruelty, he will consider introducing legislation to enable a heavier penalty to be inflicted; and whether he has any statement to make?


I have seen a news report of the case referred to. Such cases are happily less frequent than in the past and my right hon. Friend does not see his way to introduce legislation in the sense suggested.

Lieut.-Colonel MOORE

Will my right hon. Friend consider reviving the old custom of forcing men convicted of this insensate cruelty to be marched through the streets with a placard on their chests showing what they have been guilty of? It has been done in Germany with great success.

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