Lords Amendment: In page 8, line 4, at end, insert:
(c) while that bird is undergoing treatment by a veterinary surgeon or veterinary practitioner.
§ Lady Tweedsmuir
I beg to move, "That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment."
This is to meet a point raised by the British Veterinary Association. Subsection (1) makes it an offence to confine a bird in a cage in which it is unable to stretch its wings freely. The Association pointed out that it might be essential in treating a bird to keep it in a cage in which it could not stretch its wings freely, and yet the Bill would render liable to a penalty anyone treating a bird so. The Amendment makes an exception in the case of birds undergoing veterinary treatment. I think it is fair.
§ Question put, and agreed to.