TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

The Florida Senate has passed a bill that prohibits the sale or giving away of artificially colored bunnies, chicks and ducklings.

Senators passed the bill (SB 650) 37-0 on Wednesday.

Florida's Legislature rescinded a 45-year-old animal dyeing ban last year and Gov. Rick Scott signed it into law. That was after groomers told lawmakers they wanted to dye their show dogs.

The ban had been put into place to prevent people from buying the colored animals during Easter. The animals often would be released afterward and die.

The new ban as passed by the Senate would exempt farms that use dyes on animals for "protective health purposes."

The House has a similar provision in an animal cruelty bill passed earlier this month.