TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- April , 2012--
Laura Bevan of the Humane Society of the United States says the process of coloring chicks and bunnies is simply appalling.
"The problem with dyeing the baby chicks is it's often done in mass. They're basically dipped into tanks and these are babies just hatched so they drown, they end up getting shipped, they're cold from the dye. It's just a bad situation. Thousands die because of the dye."
Bevan says another important part of the 45-year-old law against coloring animals is a ban on selling newborn chicks and bunnies. The bill on Gov. Scott's desk would repeal that provision too.
Bevan says too often, families don't appreciate the commitment it takes to care for chicks and bunnies over the long term.
"People get these baby chicks and baby bunnies. They don't realize how delicate they are. They don't realize how long they're going to live if they do survive and so the shelters ended up getting flooded in the past with baby bunnies and chickens from people getting these and somehow getting them to survive but then realizing they really don't want them."
Sen. Bogdanoff tacked the amendment onto a larger agriculture bill that includes some important issues for those in the agriculture industry, so Bevan says that could make a veto difficult.
Gov. Scott can, sign, veto or let the bill become law without his signature.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- April 07, 2012--
Gov. Rick Scott has signed a bill that lifts a 45-year-old ban on the dyeing of bunnies, chicks and other animals.
The provision was part of a wide-ranging agriculture bill Scott signed into law Friday. The bill takes effect July 1.
Animal welfare groups opposed the bill, which had been filed at the request of a Broward County groomer who wanted to dye his show dogs.
The ban had been put into place to prevent people from buying the colored animals during Easter because they would often be released afterward and die.
The provision of the bill allowing people to dye animals different colors got the most attention, the measure also once again allows the selling of all baby bunnies, chicks and ducklings.