We have 2,656 Signatures!
as of October 5, 2015
thank you Jueleah H in Redding, Debbie D in Rocklin and Kathleen L in Palmdale
Petitions must be turned in to us by February 2nd, 2016
- #1382 - spikeman22220
San Jose, CA
- #1381 - Badger1
- #1380 - William grigsby
- #1379 - AP
- #1378 - HB
San Diego, CA
- #1377 - WeaselWolf
San Bernardino, CA
- #1376 - Stinky sisters rule
- #1375 - DS
Long Beach, CA
- #1374 - CG
San Diego, CA
- #1373 - EE
A Fair Deal For Ferrets
LegalizeFerrets.org Commissioned Katie Ritter as our writter and Bob D'Amico as our illustrator to bring to life the woes and frustrations of California ferret owners. The result is this delightful children's book, "A Fair Deal for Ferrets" available on Amazon.
Its Started - Download Your Ferret Petitions Here
Between now and February 2nd, 2016 we will be working very hard to collect signatures for the ferret legalization ballot initiative. Our goal is to collect 91,470 signatures at which point the California Secretary of State's office instructs the legislature to consider our legislation in the Water Parks and Wildlife Committee in the state assembly and the Natural Resources Committee in the state senate. It is highly doubtful we could collect the full 365,000 valid signatures on an all volunteer effort.
But when we finish we should have an energized organization of people willing to work to get our legislation through, plus having collected those signatures will show the legislators we are a serious group who want our pet legalized.
There really is no argument against ferret legalization. We are hearing "they bite" and "they stink". But the claims that they are viscous or a threat to the environment don't hold up. We have an environmental report that is thorough and refutes those claims.
We've got out booths out there. A few people are going all out and standing in front of Walmarts. But this effort will not succeed unless the thousands of people on our email list ask their family, friends and co-workers to sign the petition and mail it back to us.
Do it for the little guy!
Petitioning to Legalize Ferrets
The legal size petition is here. I will have a few thousand printed to get us started, but if you have legal paper in your printer, please print both sides. Be sure not to shrink it down and to have a one inch margin at the top.
We have not heard from the Secretary of State's office about our deadlines, but we are supposed to have 180 days to collect signatures.
If we collect 25% of the number of signatures required (91,470) The State Assembly and State Senate are required to assign the proposed initiative measure to its appropriate committees and hold joint public hearings.
That is our minimum goal.
Please everybody, work like heck let's get going!
A letter size petition will also be available shortly, you can print it out and staple it together.
Energy if Building for Ferret Legalization
It is wonderful to see people from all over California gathering signatures for our ferret legalization ballot initiative. The synergy of working together; new members, new donations, people getting involved - this is what it is all about.
It does appear that we will be able to reach the 25% thresh hold that gets our bill introduced into the legislature. Something we haven't been able to do for ten years.
And we're learning about the opposition to ferret legalization. "Ferrets Stink" seems to be the most often heard complaint, followed by "why should I care?" Most of the signers I've met know something about ferrets; they had them growing up, or a friend had one. I've found it challenging to get signatures - so everyone ask your friends. Each signature is very important and get them where you can.
We have ads on Google and Facebook. They have had tens of thousands of hits and generated a discussion. Those are paid for with five dollar ferret fridays. About 350 people have signed up to petition and our Facebook group of California Petitioners has 427 members.
This is a huge task. A lot of people are counting on us to fail. But if we get to the legislature there is no reason why ferrets shouldn't be legal. We have been at this long enough to have our bases covered. And by that time our list of supporters will have grown considerably.
About Legalize Ferrets.org
This organization was started in 2005 because we saw a lack of progress in the effort to legalize ferrets in California. Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed a ferret amnesty bill in September 2004 saying an
Environmental Impact Report was needed before he would consider legalizing domestic ferrets.
All this despite that California was the only state (besides Hawaii) to prohibit ferret ownership, that there was no documentation that ferrets caused any environmental harm and had no effects on agriculture and minimal concerns for public health (yes, occasionally a ferret bites someone.)
KABC Los Angeles Covers Ferret Legalization Initiative
There are some painful errors, but hey, we'll take it!
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