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Bill Number: 3186 Ratification Number: 478 Act Number 410 Introducing Body: House Subject: Unlawful to color or dye animals or birds
(A410, R478, H3186)
AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 47-1-125 SO AS TO PROHIBIT ARTIFICIAL COLORING AND SALE OF ANIMALS OR FOWLS, PROVIDE EXCEPTIONS AND PROVIDE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Unlawful to color or dye animals or birds
Section 1. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 47-1-125. (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 four weeks of age or rabbits under two 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 be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be fined not more than two hundred dollars or imprisoned for not more than thirty days."
Section 2. This act shall take effect upon approval by the Governor.