Pink peeps prohibition back on tapby Dara Kam | February 7th, 2013
Sen. Maria Sachs, D-Delray Beach, has filed a bill (SB 650) that would reinstate a ban on dying animals – including bunnies, chicks and ducklings – after the legislature stripped the 50-year-old prohibition last year.
Animal rights groups asked Gov. Rick Scott to veto the measure, included in an omnibus agriculture bill, last year.
The repeal of the ban on dying animals, including bunnies and baby chickens, was pushed by Sachs’s one-time foe, former Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale. Sachs defeated Bogdanoff in one of the state’s most expensive and hotly-contested legislative races in November.
Bogdanoff contended that dog groomers wanted the prohibition lifted so they could colorize pets in competitions or parades.
The Animal Rights Foundation of Florida praised Sachs for sponsoring the ban, which would also make it illegal to sell or give away baby chickens, ducklings or rabbits.
A statement from ARFF posits that Bogdanoff’s defeat was “an outcome perhaps impacted by Bogdanoff’s ill-conceived amendment.”
“ARFF is very happy that Senator Sachs has introduced legislation to reinstate the protections afforded animals in the 1967 law that was repealed,” said ARFF spokesman Don Anthony wrote. “We urge Florida legislators to pass this important bill.”