An Act To Prohibit the Force-feeding of Birds
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, this legislation needs to take effect before the expiration of the 90-day period in order to end the practice of force-feeding birds as soon as possible; and
Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,
Sec. 1. 7 MRSA §4011, sub-§1, ¶I, as amended by PL 2007, c. 702, §11, is further amended to read:
Sec. 2. 7 MRSA §4011, sub-§1, ¶J, as enacted by PL 2007, c. 702, §12, is amended to read:
Sec. 3. 7 MRSA §4011, sub-§1, ¶K is enacted to read:
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.
This bill makes force-feeding birds in order to produce the food product known as foie gras a civil violation.