Monday, March 12, 2012

Dyeing Rabbits & Chicks - It could Happen in Florida

I haven't seen a dyed Easter bunny in many, many years.  But if I go to Florida this winter I might see one because Florida Governor Rick Scott could change the current law banning the practice with his signature.  New York, California and 17 other states ban the dying process - labeling it as animal cruelty as far back as 1967. Florida does, too. Hopefully, it won't change since the process is cruel and can be toxic.
What is really shameful is that Florida Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff (R-Fort Lauderdale) sponsored Amendment 303390 - repealing S.828.161, F.S. (onto H.B. Bill 1197) because a dog groomer wanted it to be legal to dye dogs' coats for pet shows. The groomer wants to be able to do "creative" dyes on dogs for "fun."  Well, it is no fun for all of the other animals that could be affected by this law.

It was Florida State Senator Nan Rich who spoke in defense of current law and against a repeal: “This is a way of ensuring that we don’t have a lot of little adorable ducks, rabbits and chickens that are given away at Easter time and look so cute and then two or three months later nobody wants them.” Despite her efforts, the amendment was adopted. The revised bill (HB 1197) was later passed by the Florida House and the bill is now headed to the governor’s desk.

Call Govenor Rick Scott's office to tell him Not to sign the repeal of the current law.  His office number is: (850) 488-7146 or link to email   (Photo above was sent to me and shows colored bunnies in Qatar.)