HC Deb 20 June 1940 vol 362 c237
57. Mr. Wilson

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he will give details of the serious practical and administrative difficulties in the adoption of some other method for marking of pigs than that of ear marking?

Mr. Boothby

The object of the earmarking of pigs is to preserve their identity through the various processes to which the carcasses are subjected. No other method has been found which is not open to greater objections than that at present in force.

Sir P. Colfox

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that there can be no objection to this practice except that the pig squeals much louder than any other animal and that he will squeal whether he is hurt or not?