ASSEMBLY, No. 3230

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

212th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED JUNE 1, 2006

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman JOAN M. VOSS

District 38 (Bergen)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblymen Giblin, Panter and Vas

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Prohibits forcible feeding of ducks, geese, and other poultry for the production of foie gras; directs State Board of Agriculture and Dept. of Agriculture to establish standards for humane feeding and raising of poultry for such purposes.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act concerning certain practices affecting the raising of certain poultry in the State and supplementing Title 4 of the Revised Statutes.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.  a.  No person may use a tube or other apparatus inserted in the beak, bill, or throat of a duck, goose, or other poultry to forcibly overfeed the duck, goose, or other poultry, to produce foie gras.

     b.  No later than 180 days after the effective date of this section, the State Board of Agriculture and the Department of Agriculture, in consultation with the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, shall revise the standards and the rules and regulations adopted pursuant to section 1 of P.L.1995, c. 311 (C.4:22-16.1) to be consistent with the provisions of subsection a. of this section, and shall adopt standards, rules and regulations for the humane feeding and raising of ducks, geese and other poultry for the production of foie gras, if feasible.

 

     2.  This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill prohibits the practice of using a tube or other apparatus inserted in the beak, bill, or throat of the duck, goose, or other poultry to overfeed the bird and produce foie gras.  The bill also directs the State Board of Agriculture and the Department of Agriculture, in consultation with the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, to revise current standards and rules and regulations for the humane raising of domestic livestock to provide for this prohibition, and, if feasible, adopt standards and rules and regulations for the humane feeding and raising of ducks, geese or other poultry for this purpose.

     Ducks and geese are found in nature with engorged livers prior to migration when the birds have been observed to overeat, probably to sustain themselves through migration. However, certain practices of forcibly feeding ducks and geese for the commercial production of foie gras have been viewed as inhumane to the birds.