Ratites Law and Legal Definition

Ratites are one of a variety of flightless birds including an ostrich, emu, rhea, cassowary, or kiwi. States may have statutes regulating ratites for promoting and stimulating through research, education, advertising, and other methods, the increased and efficient production, distribution, use, and sale of ratites and ratite products.

The following is an example of a state statute regulating ratites:

"It is hereby further declared to be in the public interest and highly advantageous to the economy of the state that ratite producers be permitted by referendum, as provided in this chapter, to levy upon themselves an assessment and to provide for the collection of the assessment for the financing of a program for research, education, advertising, and other methods designed to increase or promote the efficient and economical production, distribution, and marketing, as well as the increased use, consumption, and sale of ratites and ratite products."