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 contacting Governor Rick Scott today.
Office of Governor Rick Scott
State of Florida
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.
Tell Congress to Co-Sponsor/Support H.R. 1417, the BEST Practices Act
Let your member of Congress know that you support the BEST Practices Act and ask him or her to become a co-sponsor of the bill that will improve military medical training by replacing the outdated use of animals.
Contact your U.S. Representative