Updated August 28th, 2015
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Thousand Oaks, CA
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San Diego, CA
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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.
KABC Los Angeles Covers Ferret Legalization Initiative
There are some painful errors, but hey, we'll take it!
Its Starting - Ferret Petitions Here
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.
One of the benefits of doing this ballot imitative is the request from the California Attorney General for our “Points and Purposes.”
And one of our key points is that ferrets were banned without any kind of hearing or investigation. One day in 1933 they were simply lumped in with all the other mustelids and banned as wild animals. But they aren’t wild. Even the Fish and Game Commission calls them Domestic ferrets.
Oh sure Fish and Game has danced around the issue. They called for proponents to fund an Environmental Impact Report, which we agreed to do and produced a preliminary EIR. But the fact remains, our pets are illegal without ever having had a hearing on the matter.
Now the big question – will the California Fish and Game Commission allow our statement to go unchallenged. And if they are going to challenge that statement, can we have the date and minutes to any meeting where they discussed ferrets as wild or invasive animals.
I didn’t think so.
We wanted to know what random people outside a pet store thought about not being allowed to own ferrets.
For simplicity’s sake, it appears the concern is that domestic ferrets could go feral, be an invasive species, do harm to the environment, or any of a number of concerns, some that border on the bizarre.
None of these concerns have ever come into being. There is not one feral colony of ferrets in the United States, despite them being legal in 48 states. There are already many ferrets in California – albeit illegal ferrets. There are more ferrets here than in New York and Texas combined. According to sales of ferret supplies, California is the #1 state for ferret ownership.
Please take action. Join or donate today!
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.)
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