TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Gov. Rick Scott has signed a bill that lifts a 45-year-old ban on the dyeing of bunnies, chicks and other animals.
The provision was part of a wide-ranging agriculture bill Scott signed into law Friday. The bill takes effect July 1.
Animal welfare groups opposed the bill, which had been filed at the request of a Broward County groomer who wanted to dye his show dogs.
The ban had been put into place to prevent people from buying the colored animals during Easter because they would often be released afterward and die.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that 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.
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