Just in time for Easter: Rick Scott signs bill allowing the dyeing of animals & the selling of baby bunnies, chickens and ducks for pets

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Gov. Rick Scott on Good Friday signed a bill just in time for Easter that will once again allow the dyeing of animals and the selling of baby bunnies, ducks and chickens for pets. The half-century old ban was put in place to prevent people from buying baby bunnies, ducks and chicks as novelties at Easter time, because they would often get released afterward and die. While 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. The law had banned the selling of  “baby chickens, ducklings, or other fowl under 4 weeks of age or rabbits under 2 months of age to be used as pets, toys or retail premiums.” That law is now repealed. Animal rights group PETA had asked Scott to veto the bill, saying that dyeing small animals was bad for them.

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