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Volume 529: debated on Thursday 8 July 1954

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asked the Minister of Agriculture what evidence he now has of the deliberate spread of myxomatosis amongst rabbits in this country; and, in view of the sufferings thereby inflicted on such animals, what immediate steps he is contemplating to stop this practice.


asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he will make an order under the Diseases of Animals Act, 1950, prohibiting the deliberate spreading of myxomatosis.

I have heard and read reports that deliberate attempts are being made by some farmers to spread myxomatosis amongst wild rabbits but I have no evidence of this having been done. I am asking the Myxomatosis Advisory Committee to consider the matter when it meets later this month.