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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.

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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.

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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.

6 Responses to “Florida’s ban on the sale of baby rabbits, ducks and chickens may come to an end”

  1. on 08 Mar 2012 at 7:44 pm April Rider

    Animals are cute enough on their own. Please don’t mask the reality of an animal (henceforth the responsibility associated with caring for said animal, by making it look like a toy. I have raises chickens and can attest for the magnitude of care they require. They are not household pets. Furthermore, these baby animals grow up quickly and are often abandoned in vacant lots or otherwise disposed of by fickle owners… All for a profit by those who keep producing more. I’m tired of cleaning up their mess, we should all be.

  2. on 10 Mar 2012 at 6:10 pm Mia

    Dear Governpor Scott,
    As a registered Republican and resident of Florida for 48 year, I gave you my vote and now I hope you will act on behalf of helpless animals.
    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.
    AKC dogs shows prohibit artificial coloring of animals, so the idea that animals need to be dyed colors for shows is false. This only contributes to the exploitation trend that is blossoming as of late to dress dogs up like dolls and make toys out of them, then toss them in the kill shelters when the novelty wears off. Please help us get back to people allowing their pets to be as nature intended, not dyed hot pink as a fashion accessory or to win a silly contest. Also, we must do all we can to stop the sale of baby chicks and bunnies who get tossed out after the holidays. The original law has served just fine. Please veto the ammendment.
    Thank you.

  3. on 11 Mar 2012 at 10:44 am Susan B. Green

    Once again, the almighty dollar trumps the humane treatment of animals if HB1197 is signed by the governor — although why should we expect something different from him?

  4. on 11 Mar 2012 at 1:02 pm Nancy Armitage

    Re: Ending Florida’s ban on the sale of baby rabbits, ducks, and chickens.

    Dear Governor Scott,

    PLEASE VETO House Bill 1197. Please do not sign this bill and encourage the abuse of these animals!

    I recently found an abandoned bunny myself that was obviously a former pet — it came to me without fear and was scared and hungry and lucky it had not yet been killed by a predator. It is now in a shelter, but shelters are overcrowded with abandoned pets.

    PLEASE HELP STOP THIS!

  5. on 22 Mar 2012 at 5:00 pm Michele Caputo

    In the name of humanity and decency, something Christians profess, especially at high holy times, such as Easter, veto this bill. If God wanted these of his Creation to be in shades of pastel, he would have done so.

    Sincerely,
    Michele Caputo

  6. on 14 Mar 2014 at 12:02 pm AlvaJo Allen

    Can you please tell me if this law was amended? And if so is it still illegal to sell baby bunnies, chicks and ducks for gift purposes at Easter? Thank you, AJ Allen

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