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1 October 3rd, 1994.
3 MR. RAMPTON: Before the defendants call any evidence there are
4 some matters I wish to mention to your Lordship. I hope
5 that your Lordship has had a copy of Mr. Atkinson's
6 skeleton argument.
8 MR. JUSTICE BELL: Yes.
10 MR. RAMPTON: That is, perhaps, something to be left until
11 later to be dealt with. It does not affect, I do not
12 think, either of the gentlemen to be called in the next
13 two days. I hope your Lordship has had a copy of a
14 proposed amended statement of claim which was delivered to
15 court, I think, last Thursday?
17 MR. JUSTICE BELL: No.
19 MR. RAMPTON: What it does in two areas is, I hope, to bring
20 the pleading into line with the way in which we have
21 approached the meaning of the pamphlet and, therefore, the
22 issues in the case, both in opening the case and in our
23 evidence, than the pleading originally represented.
25 MR. JUSTICE BELL: Let me just look at it.
27 MR. RAMPTON: My Lord, the first meaning to be changed is on
28 page 13.
30 MR. JUSTICE BELL: Yes.
32 MR. RAMPTON: Which I hope more precisely reflects the meaning
33 of the pamphlet as we see it and as we presented it to
34 your Lordship in this court since the end of June. The
35 other change, again having regard to the way in which I
36 opened this case and the way in which I have dealt with it
37 in the limited amount of evidence you have had on the
38 topic, is on page 14 meaning "L" to do with animal
41 MR. JUSTICE BELL: Yes.
43 MR. RAMPTON: All we have tried to do there is to follow more
44 closely both what we see as being advice of the pamphlet
45 and what we see as being our room for complaint. We have
46 conceded, as your Lordship will remember, in opening that
47 it is obviously a matter of opinion whether the slaughter
48 of animals for human consumption might be regarded as
49 inhumane or might properly or fairly be called torture and
50 so on and so forth. What we are concerned about are the
51 misdescriptions, as we see them, of fact that the leaflet
52 contains. That is what that is intended to reflect. My
53 Lord, there is another rather more serious matter to which
54 I wish to return in a moment.
56 MR. JUSTICE BELL: Let me ask about the application to amend
57 the statement of claim. You can say you do not mind it
58 being amended; you can say you object to it being amended;
59 you can say that you would like time to think about it.
60 If there is any argument about it I will hear the argument