HC Deb 07 December 1994 vol 251 cc232-3W
Mr. Morley

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what circumstances downing is permitted as an acceptable or humane method for killing animals.

Mr. Nicholas Baker

There are no circumstances in which the drowning of a conscious animal would be accepted as humane. Drowning is not one of the methods of humane killing of laboratory animals listed in schedule 1 to the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986. A scientific case would have to be made out before it could be authorised under section 5 of that Act.