NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Ferrets won’t get a legal foothold in New York City.
The city Board of Health decided Tuesday to maintain a long-standing prohibition on keeping the animals as pets. The vote was 3-2 to lift the ban, but it needed six votes to pass. There were five abstentions, 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon reported.
The decision Tuesday by the city Board of Health to maintain the ban on ferrets as pets came after some members expressed concerns about them biting and potentially crawling through apartment walls and getting loose.
However, David Gaines of the American Ferret Association said that is extremely rare.
“Internally it doesn’t happen often enough for it to be so significant that it would be the main focus on preventing their being legalized in NYC,” he told 1010 WINS.