HC Deb 09 February 1938 vol 331 c1052
59. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that the loading and unloading of cattle at Apapa and Accra in West Africa involves suffering and cruelty through the lifting of cattle by the horns; and whether he will take steps to prevent this?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

I will ask the Governors of Nigeria and the Gold Coast for a report on the matter, and will communicate with the hon. Member as soon as it is received.

Mr. Sorensen

Am I to understand from that reply that the right hon. Gentleman is not as yet aware of this practice? Is he not aware that photographs exist, and have been reproduced in the Press, depicting this very unfortunate and cruel practice?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

The only information I have of it is one photograph in one newspaper, and when and where that photograph was taken, I do not know. That is why there is to be an inquiry.