HC Deb 12 February 1947 vol 433 c76W
Mr. Harrison

asked the Minister of Agriculture if he will consider prohibiting officials of county A.E.Cs. from using steel-jawed gin traps to catch rabbits as this type of trap results in the maiming of, and not the killing of, large numbers of the animals that contact them.

Mr. T. Williams

I assume my hon. Friend refers to the setting of gin traps in the open. I am advised that there are localities where this method affords the only practicable means of keeping rabbits under adequate control, and in view of the serious food position I do not yet feel justified in prohibiting the use of that method in such cases. I have, however, laid down stringent conditions governing the issue of permits, and these were published in the OFFICIAL REPORT OF 7th March. 1946