Member Kathyrn Freed's Bill to Legalize Ferrets
Freed Press Release 4/19/01
COUNCIL MEMBER, FIRST DISTRICT
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Representing: SoHo, NoHo, TriBeCa, Washington
Square area, South Village, Battery Park City,
Wall Street, South Street seaport, City Hall area,
Little Italy, Chinatown, LowerEast Side
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ADVOCATE FREED PRAISES HEALTH COMMITTEE
FOR SAYING YES TO FERRETS
Contracts Chair Calls on Full Council
to Allow Ferrets as Pets in City
Member Kathryn E. Freed today thanked Health Chair Victor
Robles and other Committee members for voting to overturn
the 1999 City ban on keeping ferrets as pets. Freed's bill,
Int. 627, now heads to the full Council for consideration.
have been domesticated longer than cats," said Freed, who
has been the leading critic of the City's ban on ferrets
since its inception. "It's time that the City recognize
the merits of ferrets and stopped making criminals of their
owners. I am hopeful that the Council will overturn the
administrative ban and allow the residents of the City to
keep their ferrets."
there appears to be widespread support on the Council for
overturning the ban, Mayor Giuliani has indicated that he
supports the Health Department's decision. In fact, during
a radio interview in 1999, the Mayor referred to a ferret
owner as "deranged" and then told the man to see an analyst
(New York Post, December 15, 2000).
ban on ferrets is silly and should be overturned immediately,"
said Freed, the self described Council animal maven. "While
I understand that not everyone is an animal lover, the Mayor
has taken his hatred towards ferrets to a new extreme. Thousands
of New Yorkers keep ferrets as pets. They are wonderful
animals who deserve an equal chance for a loving home."
expressed optimism that the Council will pass her bill at
the next meeting and that the Mayor will review the issue
and sign the ban overturn. She noted that keeping ferrets
as pets are legal everywhere in New York State, outside
of the City and in 48 of the 50 states.
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