20 DECEMBER 1930, Page 3

The Humane Killer

It is satisfactory that Colonel Moore's Bill to make the use of the humane killer compulsory passed its second reading in the House of Commons on Friday, December 12th. The prospect, however, is not wholly fair. The Minister of Health pointed out that only an agreed Bill would have any chance of becoming law. That means that the " controversial parts of the Rill are in jeopardy. An attempt, for instance, will probably be made to remove pigs from the Bill. It is true that the use of the humane killer in the ease of pigs would be a slightly longer operation than the present one. If the slaughtermen had to be paid more for this reason the butchers and curers (to whom the increased charge would be passed on) would make smaller profits. One can only hope that when the choice between profits and humanity is presented to the House of Commons humanity will be put into an agreed Bill.