Symptom of the disease folks. The federal government has gotten so large they are now sending multi-page letters to owners of registered rabbits used during magic shows demanding they provide a detailed disaster plan that would let the government know how the owner is going to help get the rabbit through the disaster.
An Ozark, Mo.-based magician whose story about being harassed by USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service agents (a.k.a., “Rabbit Police”) was one of three stories highlighted in an article two years ago, Marty Hahne contacted me today with an update.
Here is what Hahne sent to McCarty.
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.
Here is a PDF copy of the “Dear Members of Our Regulated Community” letter from the USDA. This is out of control.