February 18, 1936 (18th Parliament, 1st Session)


Walter Adam Tucker



I do not know whether they are true, but representations have been made to me regarding the effect of the present regulations in connection with Bang's disease. In districts in which it is felt that the disease may exist, the farmers get their cattle tested, and if animals are found to be suffering from the disease they are tagged. Then there is a tendency, it is said, for these farmers immediately to try to get rid of such an animal, with the result that the disease is spread more widely than it otherwise would be. It is also said that this attitude follows when an animal is tagged: The farmers say, "This animal has been tested for Bang's disease." They see it is tagged and nothing is done in regard to it, so they conclude that it is now free from the disease, when exactly the reverse is the case. Does that correctly represent the situation, and, if so, is any attention being paid to it by the minister?

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