§ 88. Mr. R. W. Elliott
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he is aware that the present method of ear-marking sheep for purposes of fatstock subsidy, causes considerable suffering; and if he will inquire into the possibility of using a more humane method.
§ Mr. Hoy
It is necessary to apply a permanent ear-mark to sheep certified for fatstock subsidy in order to prevent subsidy being paid more than once on the same animal. The present method is the result of a great deal of investigation, and we try to ensure that it is used humanely and efficiently. We are always willing to examine any fresh suggestions.