2 February 1996

Wild animal ruling

CRUELTY to wild animals will soon be outlawed after House of Commons support for Alan Meales Wild Mammals Protection Bill.

The bill, which will make it an offence to "mutilate, kick, beat, nail or otherwise impale, stab, burn, stone, crush, drown or asphyxiate" any wild mammal, passed its second and third stages without amendments and will now go before the Lords.

Both the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the British Field Sports Society backed the bill put forward by Mr Meale (Lab, Mansfield).

The Bill does not cover hunting, shooting or fishing. &#42