The New York Times reported on Tuesday that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration intends to legalize ferrets in the biggest city in America. That’s great news, but it’s not enough: regardless of what New York City does, ferrets will remain illegal in the District of Columbia, California, and Hawaii.
The rationale behind these bans is, at the very least, outdated, if it ever made sense at all. Proponents of the bans argue that ferrets are vicious animals that can hurt children and wildlife. The available evidence, however, tells a different, more nuanced story.