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Ferrets And The Law

Is that adorable, cuddly, little fuzzy you just added to your family an illegal alien?

By L. Vanessa Gruden

While some states are ferret friendly, others have complete bansIt’s natural to assume that an animal being sold in one town is fine to keep in another. But in the case of domestic ferrets, it isn’t necessarily so. A new ferret owner — or a ferret owner moving to another city or state — must ask about local laws and regulations. In some places, ferrets may require licenses, must be altered, or are even outlawed completely. You’re probably shaking your head and wondering why.

To understand why bans exist, it helps to review the history of domestic ferrets in the United States and explore the reasoning behind some of the current laws and regulations. If you want to work to change a regulation, this background data is must-know information.

For the full article, pick up the 2011 issue of Ferrets USA or click here to buy the issue.

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