Are ferrets really banned in some places? Yes. Yes they are. In California, Hawaii and New York City. Owners of ferrets believe that they are harmless and that children could do more harm to them than they could do to children. They say that ferrets just need to be taught not to nip at people, just like puppies are trained not to bite. If you have read my previous post about pit bull attacks, that is not a very sound argument. Despite training, animals still have that wild streak and will attack.
One woman in California who has a ferret said this in defense, “Ferrets have the ultimate short attention span, so they have no capacity for meanness”. She wrote an article about laws regulating ferret ownership. She defends her position that ferrets are not at all a threat and should be legal.
In June of 1999, New York City’s health Department decided to uphold their ban on ferrets. Click here to see their press release on the subject.
As with all pets. I think it comes down to responsible pet ownership. People who choose to have ferrets need to educate themselves on what they are getting into. Ferrets are much more high maintenance than dogs or cats. They require constant attention, grooming and exercise.
So not as scary as a pit bull attack, but still. Rodents + babies = not a good idea. Ever.