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Ferrets' fateful day: NYC officials to vote on lifting ban

Discussion in 'Creepy Corner' started by Michele, Mar 10, 2015.

  1. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Administrator

    NEW YORK -- After years of slinking around, ferrets and their fans may get to go above ground in the nation's biggest city.

    The city Health Department is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to lift a longstanding ban on keeping the animals as pets, which is legal across much of the country.

    Related to weasels, ferrets are believed to have been domesticated about 2,000 years ago. They have gained popularity as pets in recent decades, spotlighted by such celebrity fans as Paris Hilton.

    The American Veterinary Medicine Association estimated in 2012 that some 334,000 households nationwide have ferrets, a minute fraction of those with dogs or cats.

    Many states have lifted ferret bans over the past 25 years. California and Hawaii still have them, as does Washington, D.C.

    Ferrets are legal in the rest of New York state, but fur has flown over the issue for years in the city.

    Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani once told an ardent ferret aficionado to get psychological help, saying the man's "excessive concern with little weasels is a sickness."

    The city has long defined ferrets as wild animals and generally prohibited them, but the ban became specific in 1999.

    Ferret fanciers say it reflects an unfair, outdated view of their inquisitive, playful companions. Owners say ferrets can make ideal apartment dwellers: They're small (about a foot long and three pounds), quiet and litter-trainable and can be caged when no one's home.

    "They're a perfect pet," ferret owner Shanise Regis said at a Health Department hearing in January.

    Owners say concerns about biting and escape are overblown. The proposal to nix the ferret ban would require the animals to be vaccinated for rabies, sterilized and restrained when outdoors.

    "We are responsible pet owners, and we are begging to be able to take our pets to the vet without fear" that the animals will be seen and ultimately confiscated, ferret owner Veronica Nizama said at the hearing. "Or even just go outside and let them feel the sun or the grass between their paws."

    But some New Yorkers say the dense city is no place for the agile animals, which can emit a distinctive musky smell.

    "I don't think they're appropriate in New York City," Dylan Miller said at the hearing, after describing how his girlfriend's neighbor's ferret made a scent-marking mess.

    A Quinnipiac University poll in June found New Yorkers divided: 42 percent opposed and 39 percent supported allowing ferrets as pets. The difference was within the poll's 3.1 percent margin of error.

    Mayor Bill de Blasio hasn't taken a position, leaving the decision to the health board.

  2. dakar

    dakar Little Dog

    I miss my ferrets
  3. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Administrator

  4. dakar

    dakar Little Dog

    Michele, just realized something couple minutes ago. I bought (imported) this ferrets from US (from marshall farms) and as far I remember they are from NY.
  5. NobodyHere

    NobodyHere Guest

    Also one of the largest ferret mills in the world.
  6. ShanaRowan

    ShanaRowan FlirtPolin' Premium Member

    Yup... I actually live within a half hour of their facility. It's enormous.
  7. dakar

    dakar Little Dog

    I tried to visit them couple years ago when I had my ferrets, but the response was "NO". My wife got frustrated because she loves Ferrets...
    Anyway, I could visit Orange County Choppers and B&H.
  8. Team Peanut

    Team Peanut GRCH Dog

    Yes and they have a lot of health problems. My dad had two they were adorable and sweet but they had such health problems and they both had short lifespans even for ferrets.
  9. NobodyHere

    NobodyHere Guest

    Of course it was, because it's a biomedical research animal mill, not a petting zoo.



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