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Local Clergyman Favours Disestablishment.

--...--.. Tuberculous Cattle.


Tuberculous Cattle. Mr. L. W. Wynne Lloyd, of Carnarvon, a member of the Royal College of Veterin- arv Surgeons and of the Royal Institute of Public Health, &c.. writes to the daily papers commenting upon the report pre- sented bv the Medical Officer of Health of Colwyn Bav to the Ditrict Council at their last meeting. In the course of that report the Medical Officer said that, accompanied by the Sanitary Inspector, he had visited most of the cowsheds in the district, and had examined the cows, with a view to find- ing out whether there was any tuberculosis or other disease amongst them. Mr. Wynn Lloyd says:- Now, I have 4he greatest respect for the reputation of the Medical Officer of Health of Colwyn Ray he is a specialist in his own sphere; but, speaking generally, can any- one imagine anything more absurd than A medical man endeavouring to diagnose the diseases of cattle, of which he knows nothing accompanied by a sanitary inspector who knows less. We may quite as reasonably expect a local authority to appoint a veterinary surgeon as inspector of school children. When will public bodies learn to make appropriate appointments, and place the in. spection of meat and milk supply in the hands of the veterinary surgeon—the only person whose special training qualifies him for the work? We are told in the same report that a cow which had been condemned with tuberculosis was found afterwards to have been fattened for the butcher. This is a common practice in the country, and njite recently I was asked by a jobbing butcher to let him know if I came across an animal beyond recovery from any disease, as he could buy it for the price of its hide, dress it, and send it to the English markets. The man has now ceased to know me. The same difficulty obtains in the matter of milk supply. Not infrequently one ineeits cases of advanced, tuberculosis of the udder. It is useless to advise slaughter, and the milk, which is teeming with the bacilli of tuberculosis, continues to find its way either to the churn or to the larders of the unsus- pecting public. Ireland has forestalled us in this matter, and has an excellent system of dairy inspec- tion. It has realised its duty to its children, whereas our policy appears to be to sterilise their brains and pollute their stomachs.


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