Member Kathyrn Freed's Bill to Legalize Ferrets
Council Health Committee Votes YES! 4/19/01
York City Council Health Committee
NEWS! WE'RE ONE STEP CLOSER TO LEGALIZING FERRETS IN NYC!!
Council Health Committee voted in favor of "Intro 627-A" today, -the bill
to legalize ferrets in NYC. Now the bill will be moved to the FULL City
Council for what will hopefully be the final vote to overturn the ferret
ban in NYC.
was a little "touch and go". Five Council Members voted for the bill,
one voted against, and two abstained. The Council Member who placed the
fifth and deciding vote today was stuck on a subway and almost didn't
make it in time. We're very thankful that he did!
for each individual member of the City Council to know that we are aware
of his or her role with regards to overturning or continuing the current
THANK YOU LETTERS:
The following Council Members voted in FAVOR of our bill to LEGALIZE
ferrets in NYC. Everybody please take a moment to write these
five people a "Thank You" letter expressing your gratitude and appreciation
for their support. If any of these five people had not voted
in favor of our bill today, it might not have passed this stage. Write
to them regardless of whether or not they are your Council Member. If
one of these people is your local Council Member as well, make
sure you mention in your letter that you are a member of their district.
815 Broadway (Rm 515)
Brooklyn NY 11206
558 Melrose Avenue
Bronx NY 10455
105 East 116th Street
New York NY 10029
265 West 40th Street
New York NY 10018
Eva S. Moskowitz
370 Lexington Avenue
New York NY 10017
is new to the Health Committee
"THANK YOU" LETTERS WITH AN OFFER TO PROVIDE MORE INFORMATION:
The following two Council Members abstained. Both Council Members admitted
publicly that they had not had, or had not taken, sufficient time to
review all the information regarding the legalization of ferrets, and,
as such, they did not feel comfortable making a decision for or against
the bill at this time.
Why should you thank them? Thank them for choosing to abstain when they
realized that they did not know enough about the issue to make an informed
decision. They could have just as easily voted "no". As a matter of
fact, one of the following Council Members stated that because he didn't
know enough about ferrets, his inclination was to defer to the "wisdom"
of the DOH (The people who created this ban!). But instead of "jumping
on the DOH bandwagon" because he didn't know enough about the issue
he was voting on, he chose to abstain. -That's a good thing!
Thank them for recognizing that they didn't know enough about the issues
to make an informed vote. Offer to meet with them (especially
if you live in their district!!) and/or send them whatever materials
they need to provide them with answers to any questions and address
any doubts they may have regarding the legalization of ferrets -but
make sure you have your facts straight! If you don't know the answer
to a question, don't make it up! Tell them you don't know the answer
but that you will find out and get back to them. Then write down what
the question was and tell us.
We will do our best to get back to you with that information as quickly
Sheldon S. Leffler
205-07 Hillside Avenue,
Hollis NY 11423
*Mr. Leffler is
new to the Health Committee
94 Lincoln Avenue
Staten Island NY 10306
A *FRIENDLY LETTER* OFFERING INFORMATION
Council Member Una Clarke is 100% against our bill. The reasons
she gave were that she didn't know enough about ferrets but that (unlike
the Council Members who abstained) she believed the DOH were the experts
in this situation and she was going to back them 100%. She stated that
the current Commissioner of Health and the two prior Commissioners all
stated that ferrets were not domesticated animals, and that's all the
information she felt she needed.
send Ms. Clarke attacking or harassing letters! We Know that
ferrets are in fact domesticated and have been domesticated for thousands
of years. We know that they are legal in other countries and in 48 states
including the rest of New York State, and that the ASPCA, the Humane
Society and the New York City Veterinary Medical Association (NYCVMA)
all support the LEGALIZATION of ferrets in NYC. Ms. Clarke needs to
be persuaded that these are in fact the true experts and authorities
on ferrets and not the Commissioners of Health -who's "expertise" is..."Health!"
-Not animals, and certainly not ferrets!
We need to persuade Ms. Clarke to support our bill at the next vote.
Do not make her our enemy. Be aware that Ms. Clarke did not want
to speak to any of us before or after the vote and that her official
statement only moments before the vote was "I haven't made up my mind
yet." -Don't settle for "I haven't made up my mind" as an answer! That's
her way of avoiding the discussion. She's going to be tough, so "keep
your cool", be respectful, and do your best.
If Ms. Clarke is YOUR local Council Member, you absolutely MUST contact
her and speak with her in person. It is her job to represent the people
in her district. If enough people from her district tell her that they
want her to support this bill, that might be all she needs to change
her position by the next vote.
123 Linden Boulevard
Brooklyn NY 11203
You may have
noticed that we referred to the bill today as "627-A" instead of just
"627." There were a few changes made to the bill. The changes appear minor
and primarily typographical (i.e. renaming or re-numbering certain sections)
and did not appear to be significant changes to the bill. Even so, this
new revised version of our bill will now be referred to as "Intro
step is for this bill to go before the Full City Council for what will
hopefully be the Final
vote. We'll get back to you shortly with more information concerning
that upcoming vote.
MEMBER KATHRYN FREED ISSUED A STATEMENT TODAY
the Health Committee for saying "Yes" to ferrets.
about Kathryn Freed's Bill to Legalize Ferrets