HC Deb 26 April 1951 vol 487 c554
17. Mr. H. Hynd

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, in view of the agreement which exists among the scientific experts concerned that cruelty is involved when tortoises are subjected to transport during their hibernating season, he will take steps to introduce legislation to prevent tortoises being brought into this country between 1st September and 30th April.

Mr. Ede

I can hold out no hope of the Government introducing legislation on this subject at the present time. Under the Protection of Animals Act, 1911, proceedings can be taken against a person for causing unnecessary suffering to tortoises.