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Gorris v. Scott
Citation:Court of Exchequer, 1874. 9 Ex. 125.
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Plaintiff-Gorris hired Defendant-Scott, a shipowner, to carry a number of his sheep. During transport, the sheep were swept overboard and lost. This allegedly happened due to the Defendant’s failure to comply with the Contagious Diseases (Animals) Act. The Act was passed for sanitary purposes, in order to prevent animals suffering from infectious disease from interacting with healthy ones. One of the orders under the Act was that any ship bringing sheep or cattle from any foreign port to one in Great Britain was to have the place where the animals were held divided into pens with footholds. The purpose of the order was to prevent the animals from being overcrowded which could help prevent the spread or development of infectious disease among the animals. This was the regulation that was neglected by the Defendant. Plaintiff argued that if not for the Defendant’s negligence to comply with the Act, his sheep would not have been lost.
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