NEW YORK – Ferrets are banned in New York City because of health and safety concerns.
But ferret advocates have long argued they are no more dangerous than dogs or cats.
The furry, four-legged animal — long absent from the city — could weasel its way back into the hearts of New Yorkers based on a petition submitted to the Department of Health asking it to repeal the city’s 15-year ban on ferrets as pets.
The city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said Wednesday that it is considering an amendment to the Health Code.
The city’s ban on ferrets dates back to June 1999 under then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani. The Health Department said in its announcement that it would be irresponsible from a public safety perspective to allow a ferret to be kept as a pet in New York City, citing their unpredictable behavior and reports that they are prone to attacking humans.