HC Deb 17 December 1959 vol 615 cc207-8W
36. Mr. Chapman

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that the Protection of Animals Act, 1911, is confusing on the issue of whether it is an offence to cause unnecessary suffering during the hunting of non-domestic animals; and whether he will seek to amend the Act and clarify the law with regard to acts of persistent cruelty, such as when a hind is driven into a flooding river instead of being shot.

Mr. Vosper

The Protection of Animals Act, 1911, does not apply to animals which are neither tame nor captive. As at present advised my right hon. Friend does not think that amending legislation is called for.