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Animals (Welfare)

Volume 931: debated on Monday 9 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the number of reported cases of cruelty to animals arising from transportation or treatment in (a) horse and pony markets and (b) cattle, sheep and pig markets in each of the previous three years.

Such statistics are not kept in my Department or in that of my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the number of prosecutions for cruelty to animals other than domestic pets in each of the last five years by counties.

Information in the form requested is not available; it is not possible from the data received centrally to distinguish domestic pets from other animals. Because of changes in police force boundaries comparable figures for counties are not available for the last five years. The total number of persons proceeded against for offences under various Acts dealing with cruelty to Animals is as follows:

1971776
1972736
1973823
1974790
1975922
For 1975 the following table shows the statistics by police force area:

PERSONS PROCEEDED AGAINST FOR OFFENCES UNDER VARIOUS CRUELTY TO ANIMALS ACTS—BY POLICE FORCE AREA
ENGLAND AND WALES 1975
Police Force AreaNo. of Persons
Avon and Somerset32
Bedfordshire10
Cambridgeshire6
Cheshire19
Cleveland34
Cumbria11
Derbyshire24
Devon and Cornwall29
Dorset5
Durham13
Essex21
Gloucestershire16
Greater Manchester50
Hampshire41
Hertfordshire9
Humberside18
Kent28
Lancashire25
Leicestershire17
Lincolnshire9
London City2
Merseyside28
Metropolitan Police District25
Norfolk12
Northamptonshire11
Northumbria13
North Yorkshire22
Nottinghamshire30
South Yorkshire37
Staffordshire28
Suffolk8
Surrey7
Sussex31
Thames Valley16
Warwickshire14
West Mercia32
West Midlands43
West Yorkshire38
Wiltshire10
England824
Dyfed Powys19
Gwent19
North Wales21
South Wales39
Wales98
England and Wales922