Target: Governor Rick Scott of Florida
Goal: Don’t allow pet stores to sell artificially colored chicks and rabbits for Easter.
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.
Dear Governor Scott,
For 45 years, Florida law has protected small animals from being dyed and sold as Easter decorations. But new legislation that would overturn that ban threatens the wellbeing of animals throughout the state.
If the toxic dye itself doesn’t kill them, coloring live animals encourages families to purchase these living creatures on impulse as novelties–toys to be played with and then discarded some weeks later. Florida’s animal shelters are already overflowing with unwanted pets and many homeless animals are forced to roam the streets until they die. Lifting the dyeing ban would only serve to multiply the number of unwanted animals sentenced to death by neglect.
I ask that you veto the bill that would permit this cruel practice in the state of Florida. No animal should have to undergo the painful process of dyeing and its inevitable resulting abandonment.
[Your Name Here]