§ 51. Mr. Bossom
asked the Minister of Agriculture, as gassing rabbits makes them unsuitable for human consumption, what alternative methods of killing this pest he proposes to enable them to he used for food
Mr. T. Williams
The onus of destroying rabbits rests with owners and occupiers of land and they are at liberty to use any legal method of destruction. When rabbit destruction is carried out by county agricultural executive committees it is the normal practice first to trap or ferret and then follow up by gassing any residual breeding stock.
§ Mr. Bossom
In view of the rather small meat ration we have today, would the Minister consider recommendations that he should approve of other methods to destroy this pest?
We desire to catch as many rabbits alive as possible, but we must make doubly sure that the breeding stocks are disposed of, too.
In view of the great importance of getting rid of the Government, would the Minister place particulars in the Library?