Topic: American Veterinary Medical Association
Ferrets, owners say, are full of personality. But depending on where you live, state officials concerned about the effects of released ferrets on native species have banned ownership and lawbreakers risk up to three years in jail.
The grain-of-rice size microchips, implanted between the shoulders, hold an owner's name and address. Animal-rights activists hail the bill as a way to reunite lost pets with their families.
And it's not half bad. Even in a recession, Americans bow to the slobbering, shedding, fiercely loyal king of pets.
Western states grapple with how to address an increasing threat to livestock from wolves and big cats.