Last Wednesday 50 protesters rallied outside the USDA Service Center in Ozark in what the group considered "a courageous show of strength, resolve and support" for the Dollarhite Family, who are facing fines for selling bunny rabbits. We Are Change Branson moved their protest from the USDA office to Billy Long's congressional office after it became clear that action from elected representatives will be necessary to push the USDA to drop all fines and allegations against the family. The protest will include speakers from the Feed Missouri First Coalition.
Despite the protestors having been assured by a phone conversation with Senator Claire McCaskill last Wednesday that this matter would be resolved and Springfield News-Leader's having reported that a McCaskill intervention would yield a deal for the accused, the USDA has not backed down.
We Are Change Branson organizer, Sam Garner said, "The USDA has no jurisdiction and thus no right to fine or terrorize citizens of our great state of Missouri for sales that are completed legally within the borders and the laws of the state of Missouri. We will not allow the Dollarhite Family to be targeted by federal invaders who violate Missouri's state sovereignty. As proud citizens of the United States of America and the "Sovereign State of Missouri," we are fierce in defense of our sovereignty, and we will not be tread upon."
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