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“Pet ferrets are a fun way to help young students learn these important skills at home so they’re ready to take on the new school year,” proclaims a release from animal and animal supply retailer Petco bearing a San Diego dateline. The company has announced that all of its stores will be holding a “Meet the Critters” event this weekend promoting the purchase of ferrets as children’s pets.

“Ferrets, just like every living thing, need food and proper care. By putting children in charge of making sure the animal is properly fed and well maintained, it will encourage them to set schedules and follow them,” continues the release. “This helps children keep track of time – a skill easily transferable to the school year.”

Petco goes on to promise that ferret ownership boosts kids’ responsibility levels and self-esteem, both desirable traits indeed.

The only problem – possession of ferrets is technically illegal in San Diego, and in the state of California as a whole, which the company concedes at the end of their promotional announcement.

“Petco is aware that some cities and states do not allow ferrets, and these locations will focus on guinea pigs instead.”

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Scott Marks Sept. 11, 2013 @ 12:57 p.m.

If you outlaw ferrets, only outlaws will have them.


Ken Harrison Sept. 11, 2013 @ 1:10 p.m.

Petco sells ferret supplies, but no ferrets. One can easily smuggle a ferret in from AZ cuz the AG guys at the Calif. border don't ask "Do you have any fruits, vegetables, plants or ferrets?


Visduh Sept. 11, 2013 @ 8:08 p.m.

Any retailer that would run an ad like that should be shunned by any/all customers. Any retailer that would allow its ad dept or ad agency to run an ad like that should fire the offender immediately. Telling the public that you might not be able to deliver the advertised product due to its being illegal is as dumb as it gets. And this is Petco doing this? If you own stock in that company, sell it now! The management is too dumb to survive.


mridolf Sept. 11, 2013 @ 8:19 p.m.

Dumb? No crazy. Crazy like a fox, ah, er, ferret. Whaddaya say your average ferret owner is also a pothead. Anything to break the law in a small way. Damn gummint! Git outta my yard, and livin' room. Light news though. Sort of comedy relief. But be warned, they bite,(personal experience). Personally, I prefer hamsters.


CaptainObvious Sept. 12, 2013 @ 12:41 p.m.

I am glad the reporter was able to ferret out the truth about those weasely advertisers. Perhaps they should change the store's name to "Foulmart". Sorry, please save you rocks for your representatives.


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