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Wild Animal Imports (Shipping Space)

Volume 414: debated on Monday 15 October 1945

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asked the Minister of War Transport for what reason he sanctioned the use of shipping space from East Africa for the transport of a live elephant and a large consignment of animals for the London Zoo, in view of the great shortage of shipping for repatriation and importation of food.

The animals in question were some of a strictly limited number licensed for importation into the United Kingdom for the re-stocking of zoos which have been sadly depleted during the war. No special facilities were granted for their shipment and they were carried on deck without encroaching in any way on the space available for passengers or cargo.