Magazine article Insight on the News

There May Have Been Room on the Ark, but Not in NYC

Magazine article Insight on the News

There May Have Been Room on the Ark, but Not in NYC

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Now for the people has come across a list of the more than 100 wild beasts banned by name in June as pets for citizens of New York City by the city's board of health. Hardly surprising is that elephants, giraffes and hippos are numbered among the forbidden. What is surprising, given the Big Apple's infamously inadequate apartment space even for its human population, is that creatures of this size needed to be named at all.

Not surprising, however, is that the highly poisonous (and ill-tempered) Gila monster, the lethal mamba, toothy crocodiles and the generic "vipers and pit vipers" of every kind all made the list.

More controversial were such critters as raccoons and ferrets. Across New York's five boroughs the outcry of the tens of thousands of ferret lovers in Gotham was loud. Besides, there were just three ferret bites recorded in the city in 1998, opposed to nearly 8,000 dog and cat bites, members of the New York Ferret's Rights advocacy group declare. …

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