Back in 2005, the USDA began stalking magicians who use rabbits in their acts. One such story involves Marty Hahne, who uses a 3-pound rabbit which he pulls out of a top hat. The inspector chased him from the library system all the way to backyard birthday parties. Hahne didn’t have a license. Class C Exhibitors must pay from $30 to $300, depending upon the number of regulated animals held. There is also a $10 application fee. To be in compliance, one must submit to annual inspection and maintain a current license and keep records from the veternarian on the health of the rabbit. Also, once licensed the inspector can make unannounced random visits to wherever you house the bunny.
Most recently, Mr. Hahne received a letter from the USDA requiring him to submit a Disaster Plan for his 3-pound bunny rabbit.
"My USDA rabbit license requirement has taken another ridiculous twist. I just received an 8 page letter from the USDA, telling me that by July 29 I need to have in place a written disaster plan, detailing all the steps I would take to help get my rabbit through a disaster, such as a tornado, fire, flood, etc. They not only want to know how I will protect my rabbit during a disaster, but also what I will do after the disaster, to make sure my rabbit gets cared for properly. I am not kidding–before the end of July I need to have this written rabbit disaster plan in place, or I am breaking the law."
Heres another letter from the USDA that Mary received. This 13-page letter begins, "Dear Members of our Regulated Community." You have GOT to read this to believe it.
It’s clear to me that the USDA has way too much money, too many inspectors, and too many inspectors with too much time on their hands. Solution? DEFUND them.
"Sure, it’s impressive when a conjurer pulls a rabbit out of his hat, but let’s face it, it’s not as impressive as a federal bureaucrat pulling a new regulation out of his butt."
*Ever hear of this anybody?
"He has erected a Multitude of new Offices, and sent hither Swarms of Officers to harrass our People, and eat out their Substance."