Protection of Birds Bill.

– in the House of Commons on 8th November 1933.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson , Hitchin

I beg leave to present to this Honourable House a Petition, signed by more than 59,000 persons, drawn from very many parts of the United Kingdom, begging that the Protection of Birds Bill may be recommitted by this Honourable House to a Select Committee. They represent that the Bill in its present form will not, in fact, promote the object for which it is intended, namely, prevention of cruelty to birds. They claim that cruel practices such as have been alleged can, in fact, be prevented under the existing law; and they represent that they themselves, as bird keepers and as bird lovers, are anxious to co-operate with a view to the prevention of cruelty to birds, but will not regard the Bill in its present form as well calculated to attain that end.