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Not In My Easter Basket: Dyeing Chicks Should Be Banned | Care2 Causes

Not In My Easter Basket: Dyeing Chicks Should Be Banned | Care2 Causes

Dyeing animals neon-bright pinks, purples and other hues is banned in about half the states of the U.S. But last month, the Florida legislature passed a bill to overturn the ban , with a view to assuaging a dog groomer wanting to “enter contests where people elaborately sculpture and color their pets,” says the New York Times . Animal rights activists have immediately cried foul, charging that, especially after Easter, humane societies are “overflowing” with animals dyed the same colors as commercial Easter candy. Chicks in particular are dyed, either by injecting an incubating egg with dye or food coloring or by spraying hatchlings. The bright colors are not permanent as the chicks shed their fluff and normal-colored feathers grow in. Indeed, the New York Times points out, there are “scientific and educational purposes” for dyeing chicks, such as tracking them after they ...

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