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Livestock (Muzzling)

Volume 932: debated on Thursday 19 May 1977

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will use his powers under Part I of the Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1968 to make a mandatory regulation prohibiting the muzzling of farm livestock other than for veterinary purposes.

Veterinary evidence suggests that this practice does not necessarily cause discomfort or distress to the animals and could in some circumstances have animal health advantages. I consider, therefore, that its prohibition by regulation would not be justified, but shall ensure that it continues to be kept under close review.