HC Deb 19 July 1915 vol 73 c1194W

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Agriculture whether he has any official information showing that large poultry farmers were buying newly-born calves at 2s. each and boiling the carcasses as food for fowls; and, if so, will he say what step the Board of Agriculture proposes to take in regard to this matter in view of the present high price of meat?


The Board have no official information as to the existence of the practice referred to by the hon. Member, but I will have inquiries made, and in the meantime I should be glad if the hon. Member would acquaint me of any specific cases which may have been brought to his notice. If the practice relates to calves born alive, it would, of course, generally speaking, constitute a contravention of the Slaughter of Animals Order recently made by the Board.