26 May '11, 11pm

Rabbit Breeders Face $4 Million in Fines:

Rabbit Breeders Face $4 Million in Fines:

John Dollarhite and his wife Judy are facing a hefty fine after selling rabbits and rabbit meat by the pound from their home through their business Dollarvalue Rabbitry in Nixa, MO. The couple was given a notice in April by the USDA's Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS) that they were being fined $90,643 and could avoid further penalties and dealings with the USDA if they paid it by May 23, which they declined to do. They could now face up to $4 million in penalties. The fine is being issued by the USDA, which oversees the sale of animals, for selling more than $500 worth of rabbits in one year and for operating without a license. Between 2008 and 2009 they sold 619 rabbits, which earned them $4,600, with a profit of about $200. The USDA reportedly found out about Dollarhite when an inspector was examining records at a licensed pet store who had obtained som...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/animal-welfare/blog/bunny-bre...

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