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USDA Proposed Rule Change also applies to farm animals!

 
                            
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Hey all,
Haven't posted for a while, been busy. I wanted to make sure that everyone that this could cause problems for is aware of it.

The USDA is proposing changing some of their rules. Although it sounds as if it is directed at dogs, please be aware that it clearly states "farm animals" as well. While it shouldn't have too much of an impact on people raising their own, it can be ugly for those who sell any intact animals. Even so much as one intact bunny sold off premises by a 4H'r as a pet would mean that household would be under USDA regulation. There has been quite a bit of public upset, however not many folks are commenting about it on the USDA site. We only have until the 16th of this month to do so.

Here is a link, read carefully. I suspect you'll all be surprised by how many people you know who will fall under USDA regulation:

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/2012/05/pdf/docket_APHIS_2011_0003.pdf

Not sure whatever happened to the biosecurity and not allowing folks on property that the USDA was advocating for a few years ago!

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

this actually moves the rule (a little) in the right direction. Current rules are WAY ugly and nebulous.
 
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Exactly what does domestic farm animal mean? Is that any and every animal raised on a farm? I downloaded that PDF and read it but as usual there is so much doublespeak I kept getting lost in the rhetoric.
 
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