Saturday, April 7, 2012

Governor Scott Approves Dyeing Chickens!

Governor Rick Scott, shortly after repealing statute that prohibited dyeing of baby animals
According to Channel 10 News, Governor Rick Scott has signed the bill allowing the dyeing of animals, including baby chicks, despite over 4,000 emails asking him not to. The explanation is that the dye job language was tacked on to a major agricultural bill that had other provisions the Governor wanted to implement.

The bill the Governor signed CS/HB 1197 simply repeals Florida Statute 828.161, which read

828.161 Prohibiting artificial coloring and sale of certain animals and fowls; construction.
(1) It is unlawful for any person to dye or color artificially any animal or fowl, including but not limited to rabbits, baby chickens, and ducklings, or to bring any dyed or colored animal or fowl into this state.
(2) It is unlawful for any person to sell, offer for sale, or give away as merchandising premiums, baby chickens, ducklings, or other fowl under 4 weeks of age or rabbits under 2 months of age to be used as pets, toys or retail premiums.
(3) This section shall not be construed to apply to any animal or fowl, including but not limited to rabbits, baby chickens, and ducklings to be used or raised for agricultural purposes by persons with proper facilities to care for them or for poultry or livestock exhibitions.
(4) Any person violating the provisions of this section shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
History.s. 1, ch. 67-177; s. 953, ch. 71-136.

Friday, April 6, 2012

So Much Backyard Chicken News!

A Chris Hinyub posting in the US Independent Voter Network Backyard Chickens Take Off With Small Scale Poultry Operations covers both backyard chicken campaigns in Florida and the general phenomenon.

National Public Radio broke a story about Williams Sonoma is starting a product line that will include a chicken tractor. The line will be called Agrarian.

And the  Wednesday DINING section of the New York Times led with Straight From the Home Coop, a multi-page story that not only covers ways to cook "home coop" eggs, but also points out that store-bought eggs can be up to six weeks old.