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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.
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Gearing Up for the California Legalization Initiative for Ferrets
Thank you to everyone who attended the recent Orange County LegalizeFerrets meeting. Nice to be hopeful about ferret legalization!
I am pleased to announce that we have filed the paper work and paid the fee to the California Attorney General’s office as the first step in getting the California Legalization Initiative for Ferrets on the ballot. Read our proposed ballot initiative here.
This is a long shot, requiring 365,880 valid signatures of registered voters in California. Petitioning should start in mid-August and conclude in early February 2016. However, a new rule applies:
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.
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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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