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Beagles (Deaths)

Volume 164: debated on Monday 8 January 1990

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he is now in a position to make a statement about his Department's inquiries into the deaths of the 79 beagles en route to Sweden referred to in his answer of 1 November, Official Report, column 211, and on any other steps that can be taken to ensure that this possibility does not arise again.

My Department's inquiries are now complete. Charges have been laid against three defendants under the Transit of Animals (General) Order 1973 and the Protection of Animals Act 1911. I believe that existing legislation provides sufficient safeguards but vigilance will always be necessary to prevent a recurrence of this kind of incident.