(1) It is unlawful for a person to:

(a) Dye or artificially color an animal that is under 12 weeks of age, or a fowl or rabbit of any age;

Terms Used In Florida Statutes 828.1615

  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • person: includes individuals, children, firms, associations, joint adventures, partnerships, estates, trusts, business trusts, syndicates, fiduciaries, corporations, and all other groups or combinations. See Florida Statutes 88.6011
(b) Bring a dyed or artificially colored animal that is under 12 weeks of age, or a fowl or rabbit of any age, into this state; or
(c) 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.
(2) The prohibitions in paragraphs (1)(a) and (b) do not apply to animals that are temporarily dyed by agricultural entities for protective health purposes.
(3) This section does not apply to an animal that is under 12 weeks of age, or a fowl or rabbit of any age, that is used or raised for agricultural purposes by a person with proper facilities to care for it or for the purpose of poultry or livestock exhibitions.
(4) A person who violates this section commits a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.