Forget About Dying Baby Chicks If You Live In Kentucky

All states have their fair share of weird laws that are still on the books. Take, for example, Kentucky — the state forbids people from dying fowl or rabbits a different color. The law is very specific, prohibiting selling, exchanging, displaying, or even possessing living baby chicks, ducklings, or other fowl (or rabbits) that have been dyed a different color. Violating this law will set you back anywhere from $100 to $500 in fines. So, why does this law exist? By setting a minimum quantity for sale and age restrictions, Kentucky aims to ensure that these creatures get adequate care, aren’t separated too early from their siblings, and aren’t used as mere novelties. Brightly-colored chicks might appeal as unique Easter gifts, but once the novelty wears off, many dyed animals are abandoned. Several states have regulations to prevent the mistreatment of animals, but Kentucky’s anti-dying law sends a clear message about the importance of treating animals with respect and care.