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How not to Celebrate Easter in Center Line, Michigan

No, it's not exactly seasonally appropriate, but when you come across one of those "Really? That's a law?" laws, sometimes you can't help but talk about it.

Via Legal Juice, a link to Section 10-4 of the Municipal Code of Center Line, Mich.:

Sec. 10-4.  Artificially coloring birds.

It shall be unlawful for any person to artificially color, spray or paint any bird or fowl or to sell, offer for sale, or otherwise dispose of any such colored bird or fowl.

(Code 1962, § 7-504)

Duly noted. Good thing this guy lives in Connecticut.

Seriously, though, if it's about animal cruelty, why does the prohibition extend only to coloring for the purpose of sale or other disposition? The first reader who can track down the legislative history that answers this question will get a free "Legal Blog Watch" t-shirt.*

*Read: A plain white t-shirt on which I have illegibly scrawled "Legal Blog Watch" with a blue Sharpie.

Posted by Eric Lipman on July 29, 2010 at 02:21 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)


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