It Will Soon Be Legal to Dye Baby Chicks Any Color You Want in Florida

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What the hell happens up in Tallahassee sometimes? Seriously?

See, the apparently powerful dog grooming lobby convinced our elected officials to take time out of their busy legislative session to lift an old ban on dying live animals. They were actually successful, but the ban now means that the controversial practice of dying baby chickens all the colors of the rainbow will be lifted on July 1.

So, you know those obsessive dog groomers who make their dogs look like some rejected prop from a low budget Lady Gaga video? The people responsible for things like this:

Or this:

This is a thriving subculture apparently. They have their own competitions and everything, but Florida groomers are at a disadvantage because they can't dye their dogs' fur thanks to the ban. These people got the ears of actual Florida politicians and convinced them to lift the ban, and it actually happened. It went through committees, passed both the House and the Senate, and was signed by Gov.Rick Scott and everything. So, by July it will be perfectly legal to dye animals again.

Guess who was behind the amendment to lift the ban? Yep, Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, the anti-regulation Republican from Fort Lauderdale who was also behind recent moves to bring full-service casinos to South Florida and to move Miami-Dade's urban development line. (And mother of the year!).

The New York Times' reports, however, that now animal activists are upset that the Easter-time custom of dyeing baby chicks has been reintroduced into Florida.

"Humane societies are overflowing with these animals after Easter every year," Don Anthony of the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida told the paper. "This law has protected thousands of animals from neglect and abuse, and it shouldn't be lifted on the whim of one dog groomer who wants to dye poodles purple."

Food coloring is injected into the embryo of a chicken egg, and the animals are born with all sorts of technicolor plumage. Parents tend to buy them as Easter presents, but often the kids get tired of the chicks pretty quickly. Activists think being manhandled by Easter candy-hyped up kids can be pretty stressful for the chickens (never mind the eventual fate of the birdies), and they vow to convince the legislature to reinstate the ban on dyeing chicks next year.

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