HC Deb 28 February 1967 vol 742 c72W
Viscount Lambton

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food upon what criteria his veterinary office base their judgment that cattle are dead after being shot; and what evidence he has of involuntary muscular spasms causing cattle to rise to their feet after being shot.

Mr. Peart

The same criteria as any qualified veterinarian would use in similar circumstances in the light of his fundamental training in animal physiology and of his clinical experience. I have given a short version of the physiological facts in Appendix 1 to my report on slaughtering procedure. The Answer to the second part of the Question is "None", but reflex movement of the legs of an unconscious animal might give the appearance of an attempt to rise.