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Hunting Hounds

Volume 173: debated on Thursday 24 May 1990

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) how many hunting hounds are known to have died from ataxia for each of the last 10 years;(2) what research he has undertaken to establish the reasons for the increase in deaths of hunting hounds from hound ataxia; and if he will make a statement.

Since ataxia in hunting hounds is not a notifiable disease, no official statistics are available on deaths resulting from it.The Department is not currently undertaking any research into hound ataxia.