Is there anything more Miami than a neon pink poodle?
Thanks to an amendment sponsored by Florida Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, a 45-year-old ban on artificially dyeing animals may soon be lifted -- just in time for Easter.
Bogdanoff snuck Amendment 303390, "repealing s. 828.161, F.S., relating to the prohibition of artificial dying or coloring of certain animals or fowl" onto HB Bill 1197, which revises certain agriculture codes in the state.
On Tuesday, Floridians' right to make Fido glow chartreuse was approved 33 to 3 in the state Senate and 109 to 5 on the House floor.
The strange vote comes days after the Senate voted to abandon more restrictive abortion laws so that they could focus on issues that matter like jobs and cost of living.
The original ban was to ensure "that we don't have a lot of adorable ducks, rabbits and chickens that are given away at Easter time and look so cute, and then 2 or 3 or 4 months later nobody wants them,” said Florida Senate Democratic Minority Leader Nan Rich, who tried to block the amendment.
As it turns out Bogdanoff was looking after the rights of dog groomers competing for Best in Show, saying “What (groomers are) looking for is the opportunity to compete when it comes to parades or for shows."
Governor Rick Scott must approve the bill before the animal dye ban is lifted.
In the meantime, watch the below videos of artificially dyed cats, dogs, chickens, and bunnies.