As Easter weekend nears, Animal Care Services reminds residents the sale of baby animals as holiday novelties is illegal in San Antonio.
Under San Antonio ordinance, it is illegal for any person to sell or offer for sale, barter, lease, rent or give away baby chicks or ducklings or rabbits less than 8 weeks old as pets or novelties.
The dyeing or staining of baby chicks, ducklings or rabbits is also against City ordinance, as is possessing colored animals with the intent to sell them. The ordinance further restricts the sale of animals on any roadside, public right of way, commercial parking lot or at any flea market or festival.
The only exception to the “Easter animal” law applies to properly licensed hatcheries or other businesses raising the animals for commercial purposes. Violators face stiff fines and mandatory court appearances. For information on this and other city animal laws go to the San Antonio Municipal Code section on Animals.