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Ferret fanciers hoping NYC lifts 15-year-old ban

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NEW YORK (AP) — Ferrets in New York City have been outlawed since the days of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who famously told a ferret fancier that “this excessive concern with little weasels is a sickness.”

Now, after 15 years, there’s a bit of hope for the slinky creatures.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration has said it could hold a hearing by the end of the year on a proposal to legalize ferrets once again.

Ferrets are legal in most of the U.S. but are prohibited in California and Hawaii and cities including New York.

The health department says the reason is the ferret’s tendency toward unprovoked attacks. But it’s not like there’s a history of problems with the animals. The city says it knows of only two ferrets that were banished after neighbors complained.