Great moments in bureaucratic stupidity: requiring a disaster plan for a magician’s rabbit

Posted by: Phineas on June 30, 2013 at 1:50 pm

**Posted by Phineas

And yet the bureaucracy wonders why we laugh and point at them. Magician Marty Hahne received a letter from the US Department of Agriculture ordering him to submit a disaster plan for the rabbit he uses in his act:

My USDA rabbit license requirement has taken another ridiculous twist. I just received an 8 page letter from the USDA, telling me that by July 29 I need to have in place a written disaster plan, detailing all the steps I would take to help get my rabbit through a disaster, such as a tornado, fire, flood, etc. They not only want to know how I will protect my rabbit during a disaster, but also what I will do after the disaster, to make sure my rabbit gets cared for properly.  I am not kidding–before the end of July I need to have this written rabbit disaster plan in place, or I am breaking the law.

Oh, he also has to prove he’s received training in how to implement Operation Save The Bunny.

My plan: In the event of disaster, Mr. Hippity-Hop is on his own.

File this under “Things so stupid, they have to be real.”

via Iowahawk

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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10 Responses to “Great moments in bureaucratic stupidity: requiring a disaster plan for a magician’s rabbit”


  1. ALman says:

    We thought the adventure was going to be akin to Alice in Wonderland. Little did we know it would turn into more like “Malice” in Wonderland!

  2. Dana says:

    We are borrowing hundreds of billions of dollars every year — over a trillion each of the last four — but somehow, some way, the government can find the time and money to do this?

    Sounds to me like someone at the Department of Agriculture needed to have been furloughed the day this cockamamie idea came forth.

  3. Pagar says:

    The way I read the USDA Reg, it doesn’t just apply to rabbits, it’s basically anything that breaths.

    There is no way in the world that the USDA can hire enough inspectors to inspect all those who are supposed to comply.
    Meanwhile, we’re trillions in debt and have almost no sign of security on our borders.

    This is insane!

  4. proof says:

    Yet another hare raising tale of government bureaucracy run amok.

  5. Nate says:

    Disaster plan: Mr. Bunny becomes Mr. Stew.

  6. The worst part is the notice was eight pages long; not a simple one-paragraph email or such. Stupid is as stupid does.

  7. Bill says:

    How about: “Things so stupid, that only Obama and his fellow third grade administration can come up with”.

  8. Carlos says:

    I wonder if Mr. Hahne voted for Mr. Putrid (and, by extension, his army of mental gnome socialists)? Not that voting for the Republican socialist-lite would have been much better.