HC Deb 05 April 1951 vol 486 c370
34. Sir T. Moore

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will consider issuing a circular to magistrates courts in respect of the penalties imposed for gross cruelty to animals.

Mr. Ede

No, Sir, it is for the magistrates who have all the evidence before them to decide what is the appropriate penalty in each particular case.

Sir T. Moore

In view of the substantial amount of public anxiety about this increasing number of cases of cruelty to animals, now estimated at 30,000 a year, does not the right hon. Gentleman think that some indication might be given to magistrates to exercise more control?

Mr. Ede

I have no reason to think that in this particular matter magistrates fail in the duty to discharge the oath they take on their appointment.