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Florida Democrat wants to ban dogs from sticking their heads out of car windows and require them to be in crates if traveling

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A Florida Democrat has submitted legislation that would ban dogs from sticking their heads out of car windows, along with banning dogs from sitting on drivers' laps and requiring all dogs to be in crates if traveling in motor vehicles.

Florida's Senate Minority Leader Lauren Book filed SB 932, the Florida Standard reports, called the Humane Cosmetics Act. The bill's summary states that it bans the "manufacturing, importing for profit, selling, or offering for sale" any cosmetics that were tested on animals, while also banning the declawing of cats.

The bill would also require the state to create a publicly accessible website that lists the names of those convicted of "animal abuse offenses; providing penalties for specified violations, etc."

However, the bill's actual text immediately states that it is "prohibiting a person from taking specified actions relating to the transportation of dogs on public roadways."

The bill prohibits a person from holding a "dog in his or her lap or allow a dog to be in such a position as to interfere with the person’s control over the driving mechanism."

It also stops a person from allowing a dog to "extend its head or any other body part outside a motor vehicle window while the person is operating the motor vehicle on a public roadway."

The legislation requires any dog traveling in a motor vehicle to be "secured in a crate" and "restrained safely with a harness or pet seat belt" or controlled by a person who isn't driving.

The bill outlaws cat declawing as well, with the possibility of a $5,000 fine for each violation of the act, along with a possible revocation of a veterinarian license.

The proposed legislation is also looking to ban the sale of rabbits in March and April, as well as at any "flea market, in private parking lots, or at any open-air venue, such as parades, concerts, and festivals."

The provisions restricting rabbit sales around Easter require stores to keep rabbits "in a separate area, off the sales floor and out of view of the public, and label each cage, kennel, or enclosure with signage indicating that the rabbits are not for sale until May 1."

Book was credited for sponsoring a bill in 2022 that makes sexual abuse of animals a felony in Florida as well.

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