M E D I A A L E R T
Gary Kaskel (212) 876-0090
Event: Press Conference
Date: Thurs, Oct. 28, 1999
Time: 11:00 am
Place: 545 Madison Avenue, 15th fl.
File Lawsuit Against Mayor, Health Dept.
Ban by Board of Health Cited as Unlawful Abuse of Power
to a lawsuit filed in State Supreme Court today, the Board of
Health's vote to ban pet ferrets lacked the legal authority that
only the NY City Council has, and a coalition of ferret-lovers
and humane groups is asking the Court to enjoin the City from
enforcing such ban and invalidate the Health Dept. ruling.
Board of Health comprises of the Health Commissioner and three
Mayoral appointees. The lawsuit claims that Mayoral prerogative
and not common sense produced an anti-ferret vote that violates
tens of thousands of ferret owners' rights. The Mayor has incorrectly
characterized the common pet as "weasels," and erroneously
claimed that ferrets are currently illegal in 48 states when the
opposite is so, including the rest of NY State.
a public hearing prior to the vote (which none of the Board of
Health members attended) a litany of interested parties opposed
a ferret ban, including the ASPCA, the Humane Society of New York
and the Animal Medical Center.