7 U.S. Code § 2279e - Civil penalty
Any person that causes harm to, or interferes with, an animal used for the purposes of official inspections by the Department of Agriculture or the Department of Homeland Security, may, after notice and opportunity for a hearing on the record, be assessed a civil penalty by the Secretary of Agriculture or the Secretary of Homeland Security not to exceed $10,000.
In determining the amount of a civil penalty, the Secretary concerned shall take into account the nature, circumstance, extent, and gravity of the offense.
The Secretary concerned may compromise, modify, or remit, with or without conditions, any civil penalty that may be assessed under this section.
Any civil penalty not paid in full when due under an order assessing the civil penalty shall thereafter accrue interest until paid at the rate of interest applicable to civil judgments of the courts of the United States.
2002—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 107–296, § 421(h)(1), inserted “or the Department of Homeland Security” after “Department of Agriculture” and “or the Secretary of Homeland Security” after “Secretary of Agriculture”.
Subsecs. (b) to (d)(1). Pub. L. 107–296, § 421(h)(2), substituted “Secretary concerned” for “Secretary” wherever appearing.
Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 107–296, § 421(h)(3), added subsec. (e).
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