Some of you may remember an incident in May of 2011 where the USDA threatened to fine a Missouri family about $4 million for selling over $500 worth of rabbits. This week we read magician Marty Hahne, who uses a small bunny in his act, has been ordered by the USDA to provide a written disaster plan for his little prop, er, partner, umm ...pet(?). Blogger Bob McCarty has the cartoon and story on his blog:
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.Hahne adds:
The USDA's rabbit fetish may be as intense and stupid as the FDA's raw milk fetish, and that's pretty far gone.
- The new regulation became effective Jan. 30, 2012;
- The written plan must be completed by July 29, 2013;
- Hahne and his wife, Brenda, must be trained to implement the plan as written; and
- The written plan must be available for review by USDA inspectors by Sept. 28, 2013.