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American Ferret Association Opposes H.R. 669

The American Ferret Association issued a position statement this week that opposes H.R. 669.

Posted: April 21, 2009, 4:15 p.m. EDT

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On April 19, 2009, the American Ferret Association, a not-for-profit, all-volunteer organization that promotes ferrets as companion animals, issued a position statement that opposes H.R. 669 in its present form. H.R. 669 is the Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act.

The AFA statement notes that restricting genuinely dangerous wildlife is desirable and it recognizes the good intentions of supporters of the bill, but the AFA objects to the wording of H.R. 669, which makes it unclear whether or not ferrets would be included in the list of animals exempted from restriction should the bill become law. The bill provides that animals that are common and clearly domesticated would be exempt from restriction, if the Secretary of the Interior deems them to be common and clearly domesticated.

“The AFA strongly opposes having to rely on such an unnecessary and vague determination — the mechanism for which is not even specified — when such a determination has already been made many times, over a period of many years, throughout the United States and around the world.”

According to the AFA statement, ferrets should be included in the list of exempted animal species because: 1) Ferrets are not wildlife; and 2) Ferrets are well-established, commonly accepted, domesticated companion animals.

Further, the AFA statement notes that the Humane Society of the United States, which supports H.R. 669, has agreed to request that ferrets be added to the list of exempted animals in the bill.

A hearing on H.R. 669 takes place on April 23, 2009, at the House Subcommittee On Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife.

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HR 669 is not dead and still gaining co-sponsors
Zuzana Kukol, Henderson, NV
Posted: 6/7/2009 11:59:01 AM
So what happened? Did it pass? Hopefully it didn't, cause no matter what I will never give up my ferret Vivi!
Diana, Chicago, IL
Posted: 4/26/2009 6:46:01 PM
In response to Zuzana Kukol, I agree that responsible pet owners should stick together. However, ferrets do little to no damage to the environment. Most are neutered and in fact will die if left outside on their own. Cats, dogs, and pigs are a much more invasive dangerous influence to the environment. We should take responsibility of all our critter family members without finger pointing. Kill the Bill!
Roberta, Wiggins, MS
Posted: 4/23/2009 6:01:47 PM
The American Ferret Association needs to wake up and stop playing the divide and conquer game. Stop being bedfellows with an extreme animal rights group like HSU$.
You might get exempt this year, but you can get added next year. United we stand, divided we fall, all animal owners need to stick together, regardless of breed or species.
Ferrets can do more damage in the environment than many birds and reptiles, so if ferrets get exempt, it would clearly show this bill is about dirty politics and favoritism, and not real science, Of course the bill is not about real science anyway, so my advice is to stick together, all animal owners, and KILL THE HR 669 BILL.

Zuzana Kukol, REXANO President
Responsible Exotic Animal Ownership
Zuzana kukol, Henderson, NV
Posted: 4/22/2009 12:51:45 PM
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