The New York City Board of Health struck a blow to ferrets and the humans who love them today, upholding a ban on keeping the pet passed by the Giuliani administration in 1999.

A Health Department spokesperson confirmed that the board voted to keep the law intact, despite overtures from the de Blasio administration and Big Ferret to overturn the law.

"We appreciate the Board’s concern for the health and safety of New Yorkers in their decision to keep in place the prohibition on ferret ownership in New York City," the spokesperson said.

An internal City memo obtained by the Times last spring showed that the Health Department was concerned about injuries to infants.