Michigan Gov. Gretchen WhitmerGretchen WhitmerEquilibrium / Sustainability – Colorado cattle test ‘Google Maps for cows’ Biden says infrastructure bills must pass at ‘bend point’ for US health care in US – presented by EMAA – Biden clarifies Trump rule banning clinics from abortion referrals MORE (D) on Thursday vetoed a bill that would have allowed people in rural her state to lay out food for birds, even though it also attracted deer and elk.
Whitmer cited state laws aimed at preventing the spread of deer disease by vetoing the measure introduced by the state Rep. Ken Borton (R). The Michigan Farm Bureau opposed Borton’s bill, Associated Press reported.
It is not illegal to feed birds in Michigan, but rural residents are supposed to take steps to prevent bird food from attracting deer, such as deer. around a wired feeder or make sure it is six feet above the ground, the AP noted.
Borton’s bill would have removed lawsuits that could be imposed on residents if they fed birds where deer could travel.
Borton had a case against him more than a decade ago in which he was accused of feeding birds and getting deer to gather even though the case was dropped, according to the AP.
The bill “would set aside sound principles for disease management,” Whitmer said in his justification for vetoing the bill.
She said that along with harming agriculture and hunting, it would hurt the state’s efforts to keep animals separate and from spreading disease.