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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-07-12 11:44 AM
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FL Gov Rick Scott overturns half-century ban on dyeing chicks, bunnies, ducklings, dogs
Just in time for Easter.

FL Governor Rick Scott
AP (via Times)

Scott OKs dyeing, selling of animals

Baby chicks, bunnies, ducks are fair trade after 50-year ban, angering advocates.

Apr. 6, 2012

Gov. Rick Scott on Friday afternoon signed a bill 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 into place to prevent people from buying baby bunnies, ducks and chicks as novelties at Easter time, because they would often be 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 younger than 4 weeks old or rabbits younger than 2 months old as pets, toys or retail premiums. That law is now repealed.

The measure to eliminate the ban was tacked this year onto an agricultural bill that addresses good things such as beekeeping, said Elton Gissendanner, 84, a former legislator and retired veterinarian who urged adoption of the ban to promote the safety of chicks, bunnies and ducklings.

They were being shipped all over the country, Gissendanner said, and a lot of them didnt survive.


More of Scott's shenanigans from the Tampa Bay Times:

April 7, 2012

Late Friday, Gov. Rick Scott vetoed a bill that had been pushed by Lowry Park Zoo officials that would have allowed zoos to lease state land to create breeding herds of everything from gazelles to elephants. But Scott said one reason he vetoed it is because the law already allows the state to lease land to anyone even zoos.

Meanwhile he signed a wide-ranging agriculture bill, HB 1197, that exempts farms from having to pay local stormwater fees and bars local governments from regulating beekeeping.

The agriculture bill's most controversial provision lifts a 45-year-old ban on selling chicks, bunnies and dogs that have been dyed pink, blue or a whole rainbow of colors. Animal welfare groups and veterinarians had opposed the bill, which had been filed at the request of a dog groomer who wanted to color his show dogs for more dramatic effect. It takes effect July 1.

Rick Scott is toxic to the people, animals and environment of Florida. Even Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker thinks he has potential.

Will someone drag this pestilence out of this state? How he escaped serving time for massive Medicare fraud and ultimately seized the governor's mansion is beyond reason.

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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-07-12 03:43 PM
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1. I hope this backfires on his fraudulent behind.
Some Christians view connecting pagan fertility symbols with Easter as some thing that delights to Satan.

And many animal lovers will be upset.

Of course, no amount of voter upset will help the animals in the mean time.

I wish I could rid not only Florida, but the nation, of Scott.
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-07-12 04:14 PM
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2. America elected these assholes in 2010 thinking they would get lower property taxes
and all they got were favors to special interests and tax payouts to corporate donors.

Maybe in the next two years these assholes will be shown the door.
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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-07-12 05:18 PM
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3. No wonder the Onion is struggling to come up with headlines!
Look on the bright side -- more funny animal pictures to be captioned. :-(
Pet owners are already allowed to dye their pets, right? Not that I would do such a thing.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-07-12 07:14 PM
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4. Apparently, dyeing of all animals had been banned in Florida.
At least, I have not seen any exception in the stories relating to pets.

However, enforcement may be another story.

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tnlefty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-07-12 07:44 PM
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5. Some of the chicks have the dye injected into the egg and they
hatch a particular color. Those were the types that we had in nursery school when I was young. I've always been an animal lover and tried very hard to nurture mine and keep them alive, but they didn't live long.

The trend that I've seen is of dog owners coloring their dog's hair, sometimes to match their own colored hair, which is probably safer than injecting a developing embryo, but if I had a dog I wouldn't do it.

The last thing that I'd want to hear is - you look just like your dog.
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