§ Q102. Mr. Hinchliffe
To ask the Prime Minister if she will co-ordinate Government legislation to prevent unnecessary suffering to wild animals.
§ The Prime Minister
Existing legislation, which has been greatly strengthened over the last decade, is already well co-ordinated. Wherever necessary, non-captive animals are protected in law, and the Protection of Animals Act 1911 forbids the causing of unnecessary suffering to all animals in captivity. The law has been further strengthened in recent years notably through the Protection of Animals (Penalties) Act 1987, the Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1988 and the Protection Against Cruel Tethering Act 1988.