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Clause 8—(Protection Of Captive Birds)

Volume 527: debated on Friday 21 May 1954

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Lords Amendment: In page 8, line 4, at end, insert:

(c) while that bird is undergoing treatment by a veterinary surgeon or veterinary practitioner.

I beg to move, "That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment."

This is to meet a point raised by the British Veterinary Association. Subsection (1) makes it an offence to confine a bird in a cage in which it is unable to stretch its wings freely. The Association pointed out that it might be essential in treating a bird to keep it in a cage in which it could not stretch its wings freely, and yet the Bill would render liable to a penalty anyone treating a bird so. The Amendment makes an exception in the case of birds undergoing veterinary treatment. I think it is fair.

Question put, and agreed to.