HC Deb 08 February 1951 vol 483 cc1933-4
55. Sir Jocelyn Lucas

asked the Minister of Agriculture if his attention has been called to cases of cruelty to horses in transport to slaughter-houses by overcrowding in lorries, etc.; and if he will introduce legislation to make the employees concerned responsible for reasonable care and attention being given to the animals in question during transit as well as at other times.

Mr. T. Williams

It is already an offence under the Protection of Animals Acts for any person, by omitting to do any act, to cause any unnecessary suffering to animals, and in the case recently reported convictions were obtained against the two employees concerned. I propose to make specific provisions about overcrowding, amongst other things, in the order which I am about to make dealing with the transit of horses by road and rail.

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