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Legalizing ferret ownership in NYC in 2015! What you need to know

Thank you to our ferret friends at the Legalizing Ferret Ownership in NYC community for providing this straightforward, easy-to-follow guide to speaking up about this issue. The NYC Board of Health and Mental Hygiene are now taking comments, and it's up to us to speak up!

Due to special circumstances, we are being given this chance to tell the board of health how legalizing ferrets in NYC would not pose a health risk to the city, and will in fact improve the quality of life for those who own ferrets either in the city illegally, or who need to commute here for work and educational opportunities.

Remember, talking about it online and "liking" posts on social media isn't enough! We need thoughtful, rational support sent directly to the people who matter. Speak your mind, be respectful and courteous in your comments, and feel free to cite and attach any documents that support our cause.

All written comments must be submitted by 5:00 P.M. January 21st, 2015.

To submit comments online, sign up the on NYC Rules site and submit a comment under proposed rules Animals (Article 161) and Reportable Diseases and Conditions (Article 11), at http://rules.cityofnewyork.us/.../animals-article-161-and-rep...

To email your comments, send to resolutioncomments@health.nyc.gov

To write snail mail, send to:

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Gotham Center, 42-09 28th Street - CN 31
Long Island City, NY 11101-4132

To fax your comments, send to: 347-396-6087

To speak at the hearing on January 21, 2015: Anyone who wants to comment on the proposed amendments can sign up for up to five minutes to speak. Sign up before the hearing by calling Svetlana Burdeynik at 347-396-6078, OR sign up in the hearing room before or during the hearing.

Stuck? Here are the beginnings of a sample letter:

"I request the ban on private domestic ferret ownership be lifted because they are small, clean, litter trainable, quiet animals that are suited for life in NYC. They make wonderful pets and are not inherently dangerous, as they are no more likely to bite than a cat or dog, and there is now an FDA-approved rabies vaccination. Ferrets provide the positive and documented health benefits of any other traditional pet, while being a great alternative for people who may be allergic to cats or unable to walk a dog."

Let your voice be heard! Let's put the misconceptions to rest forever. Act now!

For questions or inquiries please email at: ferrets.of.nyc@gmail.com

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