Thursday, June 21, 2007

Force feeding of birds could be prohibited.

A new bill being considered in the House: HB 4871.
"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. 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. "
This is all about "foie gras". It is goose liver, a delicacy that originated in France. But, do we really need new laws to stop a practice that apparently does not take place in Michigan? Consumption of foie gras is in decline because of public pressure and awareness of how foie gras is produced. That's the way it should be. We shouldn't have to rely upon government to be our conscience and ensure that we do not engage in inhumane behavior.

Personal responsibility and individual accountability should be all that is necessary.


Kazoo Tax Foe said...

What about voluntary over-feeding by special interests (MEA, others) at the public trough?

When will Democrats and liberals do something about THAT?!

Anonymous said...

Personal accountability and responsibility seem to be a general problem. Not just in Michigan, but throughout the country and beyond our borders. Making something illegal that common sense already says is wrong is nonsense. A long, long time ago, there were ten simple Rules set down on stone. We can't even follow those. How is adding more regulation going to help? It won't. It does not solve the problem.

Jack Hoogendyk said...

better yet, when it comes to lawmaking and government, we could boil it down to just two. 1)Do all that you agreed to do. 2) Do not encroach upon anyone's person or property.