BBC News U.S. reports:
Ferrets will remain banned in New York City despite speculation it was about to lift a long-held ban.
The city Board of Health disappointed ferret fanciers by voting to keep the ban in place at a Tuesday meeting.
In 1999, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani had made it illegal to keep ferrets at home due to a rabies fear.
They remain legal in the rest of New York but banned in some states across the country, including California and Washington DC.
The city of New York has long defined ferrets as wild animals and generally prohibited them.
Then Mr Giuliani made the ban specific to ferrets due to rabies concerns and fears of attacks on children.
The city Board of Health was split on the issue, with the vote 3-2 in favour but requiring six votes to pass. There were three abstentions.
via BBC News U.S.