HC Deb 11 December 1912 vol 45 c481W

asked the President of the Board of Agriculture if he is aware that four of the horses shipped on the ss. "Truro" from Hull to Ghent were slaughtered on board by having their throats cut; whether this ship carries a proper killing instrument approved by the Board of Agriculture, as provided by Section 3 of the Diseases of Animals Act, 1910; and whether the provisions of that Section are carried into effect?


I am informed that one of the horses shipped on board the steamship "Truro" from Hull to Ghent on 30th November died from natural causes, and that five, which sustained injuries in consequence of the heavy weather, were slaughtered by means of a humane killer. I have no reason to believe that there was any contravention of the requirements of the law in the case of the vessel in question, but I should be obliged if my hon. Friend would let me see any information which he may have received on the subject.