Chickens & Ferrets are dangerous. Immigrants - not so much?
One of my good friends is moving from Oklahoma to a state in the Northwest to be closer to her family. She has a bunch of Speckled Sussex chickens that she is quite proud of and planning to take with her. However, she found out that, before she leaves the state, each of her chickens must have their blood work done. Plus, there is a great possibility that, anywhere along the road, she could have them confiscated and taken away, even after having their clean bill of health. I understand the need to make sure animals are healthy before you cart them off somewhere, but seriously? Poor chickens....
As some of you may know, I used to have two little ferrets (R.I.P. Popi & Tingting). If one wishes to take their ferret on a road trip with them, they must do a lot of research and map out detours. Some states, like California (boo, hiss), do not allow ferrets AT ALL. If you get caught even just passing through a ferret-free zone/state with a fuzzy in tow, the consequences could be dire. Some places, you can get off with just a warning. Others, you might get slapped with a $2000+ fine! And in other places, the officials will not hesitate to take your ferret from you for good. If that happens, your ferret maybe has a 50/50 chance of survival. It may be shipped to a ferret-friendly state and placed in a shelter where it can be adopted. But, most likely, your dear little pet will just be put down and thrown in a hole, all because some cities/states see them as an undomesticated critter that could be loaded with disease.
Now, here is where I am scratching my head in this whole thing: if you want to take a bunch of birds out of state, then you must have their blood work done, a written bill of clean health, and possibly face the fact that they could be taken away from you anyway. If you want to take your pet ferret with you on vacation, you must also have their clean bill of health and avoid certain cities and states, or else have your baby taken away from you and killed. But.... (and here is the kicker)..... it is TOTALLY OKAY to ship some dude from Africa (a country where disease is prominent) and throw him into society without a clean bill of health (much less a quarantine) and then we (we = the stupid idiot(s) in the Government who want to kill our innocent chicks and ferrets) just say "Oh, oopsie! He has Ebola. So sorry, everyone. I guess we just didn't see that coming."???
Does that seem right to you?