The story is from Bob McCarty on BigGovernment.Com (link just above). It begins:
...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.At this point, my chin hits the floor. Selling $4600 in bunnies warrants a $90,000 fine? And enough penalties to raise that to $4,000,000 - almost $1000 fine per bunny?
Let me get this straight: they sell 440 rabbits for $200 profit, or under 50 cents each, and somehow that warrants $1000 each in fines? It's worth reading the whole thing. Just another example of the worst of what this country has become. As one commenter put it:By the year’s end, the Dollarhites had moved approximately 440 rabbits and grossed about $4,600 for a profit of approximately $200 — enough, John said, to provide the family “pocket money” to do things such as eat out at Red Lobster once in a while. That was better than the loss they experienced in 2008.
And this is how they do it. By going after the little guy because it's easier to go after a law abiding citizen than to go after a big factory farm with lots of money and lawyers at their disposal.Another commenter posts the laws, passed in 1989, that stipulates selling over $500 worth of rabbits is a federal offense. The insanity that is the police state.