Legalize Ferrets In New York City

Legalize Ferrets In New York City

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Jules S started this petition to Mayor of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and

We are pet crazy people who love our pets. Pets don’t judge, they love us unconditionally. So some of us include ferrets in our pet family. Something is terribly wrong in that these particular pets are wrongly classified as wild and therefore are prohibited. 

The ferret ban is based on lies. The ban on ferrets and the reasons used to back it up are the “Reefer Madness” of our times. Several comical reports issued by the likes of the Department of Health Services clearly make up the facts? There is no Reason to Ban Ferrets in the First Place? The people behind the ferret ban cannot provide one single argument against ferrets that holds up under any kind of scrutiny. When faced with that statement we are told “We don’t have time”… or “we don’t need another animal running around.”

Some people have allergies to dogs or cats or they don’t have room. Ferrets don’t take much room, don’t bark, don’t stalk the neighbor’s bird feeder or use their garden as a litter box. Also, many people allergic to cat and dog dander can tolerate ferret dander. For some people – ferrets are the perfect pet.

With the exception of Hawaii and few municipal  and backward regions of a few countries, ferrets are legal everywhere. The ferret ban has no positive effects. So if ferrets are legal from Nome to Patagonia – there is no reason that NY needs to be different.

 Pets of all kinds are good de-stressors. Who doesn’t feel better after a long and difficult day receiving the unconditional love of their dog, cat — or maybe a ferret? For some people a ferret’s clownish antics is just what we need to feel better, sometimes lifting us out of a pretty bad mood. And that’s illegal?!

Usually a prohibition is based on some logic for the public good. But the people behind the ferret ban don’t even pretend to serve the public on this issue. Sure, they cite harm to agriculture, the environment, public health or whatever as a reason; but asked for one example of anything bad happening in any of these areas by allowing ferrets – they say “we don’t have time” or “we don’t need another pet.”

 It just isn’t right that law-abiding (ordinarily) people have to live in fear of having their pet ferrets confiscated and possibly killed. Enforcement of the ferret ban is arbitrary and inconsistent. Ferret owners are subject to blackmail and threats from ex-spouses, disgruntled service people and neighbors. It rarely has anything to do with the ferrets and a lot to do with revenge. Ferret owners are fearful, but the ferrets end up paying the price

I found absolutely not one source of information on ferret attacks or incidents. This is terrible. Let me have a little pet so many of us can enjoy life. It can cure depression! 

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