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Last year, despite a 50-year ban on dyeing bunnies and chicks in festive Easter colors, the Florida Legislature repealed the ban. Never mind that this practice is a form of animal cruelty and results in animals being tossed aside after the novelty of having a pink bunny pop up in an Easter basket has worn off.

No, because Florida is now a "corporations are people too" state, and the lords of business must be protected at all costs and allowed to profit off most anything or anyone in the name of the "free market." So say Republicans in the Legislature and the governor. Be it the poor in need of Medicaid, children in need of a decent education, or defenseless animals, in Florida anything goes, and they're given the privilege of paying almost nothing in taxes to do so.

This is why the 50 year ban on dyeing animals had to end:

But Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, the amendment sponsor, said dog groomers want the ban on dyeing lifted so they can colorize pets for competitions and parades. "We neuter dogs without their permission. I've never asked my poodle if he wanted a hair cut," Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, said."

Yes, one's right to "colorize" a dog to resemble, say the American flag, to celebrate the Fourth of July must not be infringed! Despite objection from animal rights groups, Rick Scott naturally signed the bill post-haste.

Well, now Bogdanoff is gone, and the woman who defeated her, Democratic Sen. Maria Sachs has filed a bill to reinstate the ban.

I'm an animal lover and think it's great that Sachs wants to ban this practice. But while we jump to file bills to protect animals like this one, we're quickly told that any bills to protect children from gun violence will likely go nowhere in the upcoming session. Nor will gun bills of any kind. Why is that?

Sure, I know the answer, because the National Rifle Association owns most of our Republican lawmakers. But why, in the face of increasing mass murders, the latest being of children, are we still so quick to say that's life, and don't bother wasting time on legislation because it will never pass? Of course, the answer is the same, the NRA.

But this time it is, and should be different. In spite of the naysayers, some bills have been filed already. Another which passed last year, one that prevented doctors from asking patients and parents with children if they had guns in their homes, was struck down by a court. Naturally, the state is appealing that ruling. Also, like clockwork, the NRA is all over the issue and trying to sway public opinion in their favor. Because children's safety takes a back seat to profits for gun manufacturers and lobbyists.

In the wake of the Trayvon Martin killing, the Stand Your Ground law came to the fore. Instead of actually taking a realistic look at what was wrong with that law, Gov. Scott formed a so-called task force, stacked it with pro-gun lawmakers, including the funeral home owner who helped write and sponsor the law itself, Rep. Dennis K. Baxley (R-Ocala), who predictably concluded that the law was just fine, thank you very much.

Again, we've already been told that passing any gun laws in Florida in spite of the shootings on 12-14, is really just wishful thinking. No, I don't think so. Because as those in Tallahassee pat us on the head and dismiss our "silly" concerns, they'll not only be shameless, but will illustrate yet another reason why Florida is a laughingstock to those of the sane persuasion, and why Republicans here give the nuts in their party elsewhere a real run for their money.

Because while ignoring the sane view that children have a right to be able to attend school without being riddled with bullets, they have no qualms about protecting a chick from being dyed blue.

These are the same lawmakers who argue among themselves over whether taking photographs of farm animals should be a felony or a misdemeanor

These are the same lawmakers who have urgently fought among themselves since 2008 over the illegality of bestiality. The need to avenge the "accidental strangling death" of a goat named Meg after intercourse was of the utmost importance in 2011.

These are the same lawmakers who are actively trying to put woman's uterus behind bars even if it kills her because they claim to be pro-life.

Yes, these are the same lawmakers who may, or may not finally stand up to the NRA and say enough is enough and protect children, and all of us, from the out of control gun culture that values profits over lives every single time.

When you take a stand by saying "We neuter dogs without their permission" and that we never ask a poodle if he wants a hair cut, and also do nothing to protect children, aren't you saying "we don't ask a defenseless child if they want to be shot and killed?"

To not act on this issue is worse than being spineless. I don't care whether you're a Democrat, Republican, Independent, or any other party.

For once, you need to do the right thing. Seriously.

These are children, not rabbits.

Cross Posted At Beach Peanuts

Originally posted to Beach Peanuts on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 02:14 PM PST.

Also republished by DKos Florida.

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  •  I'm in favor of gun control. (0+ / 0-)

    But I don't think protecting animals from abuse should wait until every other fucked-up thing is fixed.

    "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

    by Bush Bites on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 02:59:23 PM PST

  •  Tipped & rec'ed (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Although I love animals (1+ / 0-)
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    NancyWH

    and wholheartedly believe that what happened to Meg the goat was horrific, I, too am astounded at the lack of interest in child protection in FL.  

    Our family is enduring heartwrenching agony because DCF will do nothing to protect our granddaughter from her parent's abuse.  I am a hairstylist, so I talk and listen all day.  I know our situation is not uncommon.  One client told me about her 3 yr old grandson who suffered with a bleeding ulcer for two weeks in the hospital.  (Oxy ingestion).  The doctor told her he called DCF, which is his obligation, although nothing is being done.  Another has a son who smokes pot and shotguns her 2 yr old grandson.  DCF says "that's hearsay.  You'll have to prove it" even though a simple urine test would prove her allegations.  Its a mess.

    I'm trying to raise awareness but its an uphill battle.  Clearninghouse for experiences?  To submit to Congress?  The Whitehouse?  I'll take suggestions.

    www.signon.org/sign/sarasota-sheriffs-office

  •  It is sort of weird (0+ / 0-)

    that we have laws to protect our children from, say, cigarettes, which can kill them eventually, but guns that can kill them immediately?  Not so much!

    "The light which puts out our sight is darkness to us." Thoreau

    by NancyWH on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 06:42:45 AM PST

    •  Its so frustrating... (1+ / 0-)
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      beyond that, heartbreaking as well.  I think I'm gonna hire someone to twitter and facebook and email my petition.  Whatever it takes.  This is dragging too long, and I get lots of "advice", too, from well meaning(?) twits who say things like, "call the papers" or "hire a private investigator".  I"VE DONE ALL THOSE THINGS AND MORE!  MANY TIMES!!!  The fact that DCF regularly yanks kids from homes in far less horrible conditions than my grandchild's is also disheartening.  

      •  kmfmstar (0+ / 0-)

        I signed the petition & linked a child abuse case that happened back here in 1983.  [I knew a social worker & some investigators involved in the matter.] I added they would not want to deal with the fallout, like what happened here to people who should have intervened, but did not.  I hope it helped. I have 4 grandkids.  You can vent to me if you need to sometimes.  

        "The light which puts out our sight is darkness to us." Thoreau

        by NancyWH on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 04:42:29 PM PST

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