October 28th, 1999, ferret owners and the New York Humane Society
filed a lawsuit against Mayor Giuliani and the NYC Department
of Health (DOH) stating that the Department of Health did not
have the authority to ban ferrets in the City of New York.
Unfortunately, the judges stated that the courts have very little
authority to overturn any decision made by the DOH. Legally, they
cannot interfere with most of what they do. Consequently, the
lawsuit against Mayor Giuliani and the Department of Health was