Liberty and Freedom
The Dollarhite family of Nixa, MO, is being fined $90,643 by the USDA for “ . . . selling a few hundred rabbits over two years”. They estimate they made $200 profit annually.
“A letter from Sarah Conant, the chief of the Animal Health and Welfare Enforcement branch of USDA’s enforcement division, said, “Our investigation shows that you have violated the United States Code of Federal Regulations … You may … settle this matter by paying $90,643.””
According to the Dollarhite’s lawyer, the average USDA penalty is $333.33 per case.
USDA Spokesman Dave Sacks: “This is the only way we can ensure these animals are getting the care they need.”
Clearly, for the USDA, it’s not about the money. Which is why Sacks should personally move to MO and clean out the rabbit cages, since he’s so concerned about the animals’ welfare.
To contact Conant:
Sarah Conant, Chief
Animal Health and Welfare Enforcement—USDA
301.734.8684 (Investigative Enforcement Services)
4700 River Rd Unit 85
Riverdale MD 20737
To contact Sacks:
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service—USDA
301.734.5271 (Public Affairs)
4700 River RdRiverdale MD 20737-1232