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Don’t Allow Animals to be Artificially Colored with Dye

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Originally Posted: March 30, 2012

Don’t Allow Animals to be Artificially Colored with Dye

[Ed. Note: UPDATE - sad news: To Dye, to Die, Aye, There’s the Rub: "Astoundingly, the Governor of Florida has signed a bill overturning a 45-year-old ban on dyeing baby chicks."]

[Ed. Note: And read Easter no-no: Dyeing animals leads to dying animals.]

FROM ForceChange.com

ACTION

Tell Governor Rick Scott to UPHOLD Florida state's prohibition on dyeing animals. The proposed bill would undo a 45-year track record of protecting small animals from being sold as Easter trinkets. Urge Gov. Scott to veto this backwards piece of legislation by signing the petition below today.

Sign an online petition:
http://forcechange.com/17376/dont-allow-pets-to-be-artificially-colored-with-dye/ 

And/or better yet, make direct contact:

Office of Governor Rick Scott
State of Florida
The Capitol
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
phone (850) 488-7146
online email: http://www.flgov.com/contact-gov-scott/email-the-governor/

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

This Easter, millions of Americans will celebrate the arrival of spring with vibrant colors and sweet treats. But in Florida, the upcoming seasonal festivities may come at the expense of innocent living creatures. A new bill that has just passed through the Florida House would put domesticated animals in danger of becoming live holiday decorations this Easter. The bill would overturn a 45-year ban on dyeing live animals, and would permit pet stores to sell brightly colored chicks and rabbits.

The dyes used on these animals can kill if the animal ingests them while cleaning itself or if the colorful compounds clog its pores. Not only are the chemicals themselves toxic, but they also sentence animals who survive the dyeing process to a lifetime of misery.

The practice of selling live animals as seasonal decor all too often leads to widespread neglect and abandonment. Many parents who purchase rabbits or chicks for their children in celebration of Easter aren’t prepared to care for the animal for the rest of its life. When children grow bored of the pet, their parents either turn it in to an already overburdened animal shelter, set it loose into the wild, or allow it to die from neglect.

No animal should have to suffer for the sake of human festivities. The proposed bill would undo a 45-year track record of protecting small animals from being sold as Easter trinkets. Urge Gov. Scott to veto this backwards piece of legislation by signing the petition below today. 

From United Poultry Concerns (UPC):

Most dyed chicks and rabbits purchased as novelty pets for Easter end up abandoned. Many end up in overburdened animal shelters. Many die from the toxic chemicals in the dye. Urge Florida Governor Rick Scott to uphold the prohibition on pet dyeing and keep these animals safe. 


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