TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

The Florida Senate unanimously passed a bill Wednesday banning the sale or giving away of artificially colored bunnies, chicks and ducklings.

A 45-year-old animal dyeing ban was rescinded last year and Gov. Rick Scott signed it into law after groomers told lawmakers they wanted to dye their show dogs, AP reports.

The ban had been put into place to prevent people from buying the colored animals during Easter that would often die after being released.

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.