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2007 Michigan HB 4871. Force Fed Birds

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Citation: 2007 Michigan HB 4871

Date Introduced: 5/30/2007

Date of Last Action: 5/30/2007

Last Checked by Web Center Staff: 07/2011

Summary:   This 2007 Michigan bill concerns the force feeding of birds, which means forcing a bird to consume more than a typical bird of the same species would voluntarily eat. This proposed law prohibits the force feeding of birds.

Bill in Full:

May 30, 2007, Introduced by Reps. Miller, Bieda, Ebli, Condino, Wojno, Cushingberry and Vagnozzi and referred to the Committee on Agriculture.

A bill to amend 1931 PA 328, entitled "The Michigan penal code," (MCL 750.1 to 750.568) by adding section 66.


     Sec. 66. (1) As used in this section:

     (a) "Bird" means any fowl grown for human consumption.

     (b) "Force-feeding" means to deliver food by placing a tube or other device into the esophagus of a bird and includes any other feeding method designed to cause the ingestion of an amount of food by the bird that exceeds the amount that would be ingested voluntarily by a bird of that species.

     (2) A person who engages in the force-feeding of a bird, or who directs an employee to engage in the force-feeding of a bird, is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000.00.

     (3) A person who knowingly trades in, or offers to trade in, products derived from force-feeding a bird is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000.00 per day.


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