...John Dollarhite and his wife Judy of tiny Nixa, Mo., have been told by the USDA that, by Monday, they must pay a fine exceeding $90,000. If they don’t pay that fine, they could face additional fines of almost $4 million. Why? Because they sold more than $500 worth of bunnies — $4,600 worth to be exact — in a single calendar year.
...“We’d sell ‘em for 10 or 15 dollars a piece,” John said during a phone interview Tuesday afternoon, comparing the venture to a kid running a lemonade stand. In addition, they set up a web site and posted a “Rabbits for Sale” sign in their front yard. Most customers, however, came via word of mouth.
They sold bunnies to a petting-zoo and to a pet store, made about $200.00 on the sale of 400++ rabbits.
The USDA became "interested" in the operation.
...Judy took the inspector to the back of their property where the rabbits were raised. There, the inspector began running the width of her finger across the cage and told the Dollarhites they would need to replace the cage, because it was a quarter-inch too small and, therefore, did not meet federal regulations.
But that's not the only Violation of Bunny Rights Leading to the Endangerment of the Nation.
Not only was the cage too small, according to the inspector, but she noted a small rust spot on a feeder and cited it as being out of compliance.
Bunny piss is extremely corrosive, so one expects a couple of spots, even in galvanized metal.
The inspector opined that the bunnies were healthy and apparently well-cared for.
That was the end of "Mr. Nice Guy" ....and common f*&^'n sense from the Gummint.
Recently, the Dollarhites received a “Certified Mail Return Receipt” letter (dated April 19, 2011) from the USDA informing them that they had broken the law and must pay USDA a fine of $90,643. Their crime? Violating violating 9 C.F.R. § 2.1 (a) (1): Selling more than $500 worth of rabbits in a calendar year.
They were told to cough up $90K, right then and there.
You think you're overtaxed? That there are too many Federal employees? That they are occupied with make-work, useless scribbling, and general asininity?
You haven't even begun to understand the problem.