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The following innocent ferrets are victims of injustice:

Ferrets Name Unknown - August 2004
Killed unnecessarily by Qld authorities - Mackay
View Mackay City Council letter regarding above victim

Ferrets Name Unknown - May 2004
Killed unnecessarily by Qld Authories - Charlesville
View NRME letter regarding above victim

Rickie Cowell - April 2004
Killed unnecessarily by Qld authorities - Brisbane
View Redland Shire Council letter regarding above victim

Ferrets Name Unknown - November 2003
Killed unnecessarily by Qld authorities - Southport
View AWL letter regarding above victim

Ferrets Name Unknown - October 2003
Killed unnecessarily by Qld authorities - Arundel
View AWL letter regarding above victim

Ferrets Name Unknown - July 2002
Killed unnecessarily by Qld authorities - Oxenford
View AWL letter regarding above victim

Ferrets Name Unknown February 2000
Killed unnecessarily by Qld authorities Brisbane
View Police Report regarding above victim

Ferrets Name Unknown - January 2000
Killed unnecessarily by Qld authorities - Gold Coast
View AWL letter regarding above victim

Ferrets Name Unknown - November 1999
Killed unnecessarily by Qld authorities - Tugun
View AWL letter regarding above victim




Why can't seized ferrets be relocated to a ferret friendly state, rather than killed?

All of these ferrets could easily have been relocated and rehomed in a ferret friendly state, but QLD authorities will not allow that. They would rather kill innocent animals. Volunteers have offered to pay to have seized ferrets flown to NSW, but these offers have always been rejected.

The Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy was asked if surrendered or seized ferrets could be relocated to a ferret friendly state. The following reply was received:

"Section 274(3) of the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002 provides the power for an authorised person to destroy or dispose of a seized pest if a permit for keeping is not produced within 48 hours. An authorised officer cannot dispose of a seized ferret by handing it to someone to transport to New South Wales because a permit cannot be issued to the person transporting the animal. The authorised office would need to drive to the border with the animal and it is not appropriate for officers of my Department to spend time doing this."

Stephen Robertson MP 02 June 2004

It seems, however, it is appropriate for NRM officers to spend time collecting a ferret, spending time transporting and caring for a ferret, spending time in an effort to locate the owner, and transporting a ferret to be euthanised.

* Permits are not provided for members of the general public in relation to pet ferrets.