§ 5. Lieut.-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore
asked the Minister of Food whether arrangements can now be made for young calves to be slaughtered nearer to the grading centres, thereby ensuring that they do not have to endure the hardship of long journeys, standing for long periods and the absence of regular feeding.
§ Mr. Strachey
The standing instructions to the auctioneers in charge of livestock collecting centres require that any weakly calves purchased for slaughter shall be sent without delay to the nearest slaughterhouse. It is not practicable to do this with all calves, but our local officers are instructed to have full regard to the Transit of Animals Order and to slaughter the calves without delay on arrival.
§ Sir T. Moore
Is the Minister aware that instructions are really no good? If we have to eat these gentle little things, the Minister must at any rate take precautions to see that their passage to the slaughterhouse is made as easy as possible.