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North West ferrets warned against travel to Portugal

Ferret owners here in the North West expressed concern that in Portugal ferrets are not regarded as domestic animals and it is illegal to keep them as pets. The animals can be used only for hunting purposes and must have a government permit.

Mr Davies was asked to warn British ferret owners that their animals could be seized and killed if they make the mistake of taking them on holiday to Portugal.

In a letter shown to the MEP a distraught Portuguese ferret owner, who keeps pet ferrets in secret, wrote: "We still live in the shadow and every time I see a police car parked near my house I think, this is it, they are coming for my ferrets."

Mr Davies called on the Portuguese government to change its rules and give ferret fanciers in the country the same rights as elsewhere in Europe. He asked the European Parliament's petition's committee to judge whether the Portugal was breaking the rules of the pets' passport scheme.

But now the Parliament has ruled against the claim that the country is limiting the free movement of pets across the EU. It says that Portugal is within its rights to maintain that ferrets cannot be 'pets' in that country.

Mr Davies described the ruling as a massive blow to Portuguese ferret owners.

He said: "I accept that the EU should only get involved in matters of cross border importance but if there was any scientific justification for banning the keeping of ferrets other countries would have done the same long ago."

The MEP's call for free movement of ferrets had the backing of North West animal rescue charity 'Ferrets in Need'. .....

Well that is it - if the EU can't protect the rights of Ferrets what use is it!

Ceterum censeo Unionem Europaeam esse delendam


I'm tossing a coin over which is more absurd: The British government giving this issue even a millisecond's worth of serious attention, or the Portuguese government actually expending state resources to crack down on private ownership of rodents.

Evidently the politicians have nothing hetter to do now that all the "terrorists" have been captured and all the troops sent home from Iraq.

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