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I wish this were a joke: http://bobmccarty.com/2013/06/28/usda-te......-rabbit/

I've put up another thread about this on the Café here: http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......rum=32&0
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Once again allow the goverment to stick their nose in and they will try to take over everything.

Do they have a disaster plan for people with kids? This is just way too much goverment intervention.

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I have a disaster plan for my cats. As I run out of the house, I yell at them "You're in charge! Scratch their eyes out!"
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LOL
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Hello All:

I would understand if some of you were skeptical about this--it sounds so unbelievable. But it is true. I have just scanned the letter and emailed it to Bob McCarty just to verify everything. This whole disaster plan idea sounded good--it was for zoos with hundreds of animals. But then they decided anyone who has a USDA license must follow this rule. My 8 page letter just came the other day, and they are VERY serious about this. Not only do I have to have the plan in WRITING, but I must carry it with me, and if I am inspected while playing a road date (say at a fair, etc) I must not only produce my rabbit license, but now this written disaster plan. Still don't believe me--look it up here: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_welfare......an.shtml
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Thanks for the info, daz!

If you have trouble with the above link, here's are some archived versions that may work better:

http://tinyurl.com/oeth8kx

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/se......nt=safar
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My disaster plan for rabbits includes the use of a skillet and some seasoning!!

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Ride the wave, Marty! With all of the attention you're getting, you just might break through their shell of bureaucratic ignorance and indifference and make a difference for all of us. Let me know if I can help!
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Bottom line is the government wants to stick their nose in everything. PETA and other idiot groups have pushed that Animals have more rights than people. No one wants to see anyone abuse animals but they take it too far.

Continue to stand back and let this happen and they will want disaster plans for your goldfishes, dogs, cats and anything else, they can stick their nose into.

Marty good for you. As an old 4-H kid, let me know if I can help fight this baloney in anyway.

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I have been laughing a lot on the many comment written on the Blaze.com

Cooking the rabbit is the most common funny answer.

Quite fitting since the President ate dog, a magician should be able to eat rabbit.

BTW, you don't need a license to raise, kill, and eat rabbits.
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Actually, my plan would be quite simple: In the event of disaster or emergency - 1) Grab Rabbit. 2) Left step. 3) Right step. 4) Repeat steps 2 & 3 until Rabbit (and Magician, should anyone care) is safe. The end.
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Sorry guys, all this joking around and eye-rolling just reinforces the perception that magicians aren't caring stewards of their performing animals. Setting aside the paperwork demand, it's a reasonable question that we should all consider. How will you care for your rabbits and doves in the event of a flood, tornado, or so on?
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I care very much for my animals,however they are just that animals.I put more value in human lives than I do in my animals. The safety of my human family takes precedent over my animal family.

Why do we give more attention to what happens to rabbits in case of a disaster than our own human race? Look how good the government has handle natural disasters in the past (Katrina & Sandy). Do we really need them policing our animals?

I find that "most" performers care very much about the animals that are in their shows. Like everything else there is always the exception. We all have heard the "horror" stories. It's these "horror" stories that cause these ridiculous laws.

Let's major on the majors & minor on the minors.

Richard, your point is dead on when you say that animals have more rights than people! Let's get our priorities straight.

Mark
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Gee, Gordon, what performer worth a nickel doesn't care for his show animals? If you really think we need to be reminded of that obligation or need someone looking over our shoulders as we do it ... Well, there's your joke.
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When my rabbits died, most from natural causes, I cried. They were family. We are not required to make a disaster plan for our kids.

Some of rabbits died by people who let their dogs roam at night. Dogs do not require a disaster plan.
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Behold, the new era of Bunny Boxes - An Abbott Exclusive!

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On 2013-07-01 17:20, magicgettogether wrote:
Behold, the new era of Bunny Boxes - An Abbott Exclusive!

http://www.magicgettogether.com/safebunny.jpg


Way to much time on your hands! LOL
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New ruling from USDA: Due to the implications, it is no longer legal to name your rabbit "Stu".
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Gordon--a good question--yes we should plan for what we would do with our animals. But I don't need the USDA telling me I must put a plan in writing, or I will be fined. My disaster plan is the same for my rabbit as it is for my dog and my three cats. The animals go in carriers, and they are then put in the safe room in the basement, along with my wife and myself. If my house is destroyed, then the animals go to my in laws house--that is if my car still works, or if not, then if my in laws can get to me. I have a backup supply of food in the safe room. But then again, if this is destroyed, then I will have to find a Wal Mart to get more food. But what happens if I am not home when a tornado hits--guess my plan doesn't work. What if a tornado hits a school where I am performing? See how this demand by the USDA is ridiculous? They even have stated that I need to carry this written plan with me on the road, and if I am inspected while performing on the road, I must present this plan to the inspector or I will be in violation. I can see that a zoo would need a plan, since they have hundreds of animals, but I think it is a bit much for a 3 pound rabbit.
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Hi Dennis--yes I laughed my head off when Greg Bordner of Abbott's sent me that picture!
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