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Bill de Blasio, Friend to Ferrets Far and Wide

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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After 15 years of exile, ferrets could once again be welcome in New York City homes.

The New York Times reports that the de Blasio administration is seeking to end the ban on pet ferrets, instituted by Mayor Giuliani in 1999. The city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is urging a repeal of the measure, saying ferrets are no more dangerous than other domesticated animals.

Giuliani's visceral dislike of ferrets is the stuff of New York legend, especially his 1999 on-air argument with a ferret rights advocate.

Soundcheck's John Schaefer actually remixed the Giuliani rant recently, listen below.

Are you for or against ending the ferret ban? Tell us in the comments.

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Arnold from Queens


Oh, how long we had awaited for this justice. How sweet it is... Ferret lovers of NYC unite! We had endured the indignity of banishment for far too long. Let us now proudly take our deserved place among the citizenry of, of.... of full on pet ownership. Let us hold our heads high as we stand in the broad daylight and buy our ferret food and toy chachkes at Petco. From afar we had seen the promise land...and today we can say that we had been delivered!

May. 28 2014 11:35 PM
Erin Goodman from NYC

What is the issue of ferrets being banned in the first place aside from Gulliani's detest towards them. I Think ferrets are weird and gross but not sure what reopening the ban of them will do for the good of the city...except make ferret lovers happy once again?

May. 28 2014 11:37 AM
Greg from Brooklyn

always good to laugh at ghouliani. end the ferret ban, reopen the upper east side transfer station he closed for the white vote, and reform the police..

May. 28 2014 11:34 AM
Joe from New York

I have no particular stake in the ferret issue, but I just heard the clip of Giuliani's on-air outburst. Man, is he a jerk.

May. 28 2014 11:33 AM

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