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$90,643 fine fair for "paperwork" violation?

The Dollarhites, as a lesson in responsibility to their teenage son, began selling rabbit as pets to neighbors and friends in 2008. They profited $200 from this sale of rabbits. (Disgustingly, their main source of income came from selling rabbit meat, but I guess that's besides the point)%0D %0D Raised on the three-acre lot on which their home sits, the rabbits were heralded by local experts for their quality and kept in pristine condition.%0D %0D When a local pet store asked them to supply their pet rabbits, the Dollarhites had no idea they would be running afoul of an obscure federal regulation that prohibits selling more than $500 worth of rabbits to a pet store without a license from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Under the law, pet stores are exempt from regulation.%0D %0D The Dollarhites faced no accusation they mistreated any animals. Instead, they committed what%E2%80%99s called in regulatory parlance a %E2%80%9Cpaperwork violation%E2%80%9D under the Animal Welfare Act, a 1966 law intended to prevent the abuse of animals. One of the violations was that the cage was one-quarter inch too short. %0D %0D Now, I don't like the fact that they are butchers; however, increasingly, the government is going after mostly innocent citizens, relatively speaking, while avoiding the white collar crime that is destroying our society.%0D %0D

http://dailycaller.com/2011/05/24/usda-fines-missouri-family-90k-for-selling-a-few-rabbits-without-a-license/


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