ASSESSMENT OF GAME.
At the Suffolk Sessions, held on the 11th instant, the Earl of Euston
proposed to petition Parliament to authorise, in some mode or other, an
assessment on game. He made the proposition on on two grounds; first, because he
was quite sure if the Bench did not take up the subject, there would be others
who would very shortly do so, and secondly, because he thought it was much
more to the honour and credit of the Bench of magistrates to lead in a matter
of that sort (in which he conceived that the that the peace of the county was
so much concerned) than to follow.
The evil effects of preserving game were not confined to the
demoralisation and crime which it fostered, but it also interfered with the profit of
the sale of legitimate produce of farming. There could be no question of the
destruction that game did to the produce of land; it also interfered very much
with the proper use of it. - and here he begged to remark that he included
deer as well as game.
He concluded by moving for the adoption of a short petition on the two
houses of parliament, which he had drawn up, and which stated, in effect, that
the justices of the peace unanimously concurred in lamenting the great
increase of crime in the county, and also agreed in attributing the same to the
practice of preserving the game; that some check ought to be put on a practice
causing so much demoralisation, and also increasing the county rate; that the
use of it, and the sale of it, had an effect on the sale of the legitimate
produce of the land; they, therefore, prayed that an assessment upon it be
applied to the use of the county rate, should be authorised to be made.
The motion was not seconded, and no observation being made on the
proposition, the subject dropped.