March 8th, 2012 by admin
In Tallahassee on Tuesday, during debate of an agriculture bill having to do with beekeeping, State Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff introduced an amendment to weaken Florida’s anti-cruelty law.
Sen. Bogdanoff’s amendment repeals a law (828.161) that prohibits the dyeing or coloring of rabbits, chickens and other animals. The law also makes it unlawful to sell or give away baby chickens or ducklings under 4 weeks of age or rabbits under 2 months of age.
On the Senate Floor, State Senator Nan Rich spoke in defense of current law: “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.
Bunnies, chicks or ducklings purchased as gifts quickly become rabbits, chickens and ducks. These animals are often purchased on a whim by people unaware of the time and expense that is required to properly care for them. Allowing the coloring of animals, and the sale of baby animals, makes it more likely that the animals will be neglected or abandoned.
Join ARFF in asking Governor Scott to veto House Bill 1197.
Florida Governor Rick Scott
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*It is our understanding that if signed by the governor, HB 1197 will not affect local ordinances. Several counties and cities in Florida ban the artificial coloring of animals and/or the sale of baby rabbits, ducks and chickens.