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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The mad dash is on to find a legislative sponsor so we can get our ferret legalization bill introduced for 2015. We will be sending out an email to all the legislative offices to see what kind of response we get.
We do have hope for one particular legislator based on his record and reputation:
Assemblyman Matthew Harper
1503 South Coast Drive, Suite 205,
Please send an email to his field representative, David Taylor at David.Taylor@asm.ca.gov.
All you need to say is "Please carry the ferret legalization bill."
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.)
Back in July 2012 we hired Lisa Nuss to compile an Economic Impact Report to start the discussion - how is the ferret ban hurting California economically. I decided to go with Lisa because she had done excellent work in the past. But her past work was taking long documents and making them easy to read. This time we needed actual research. Lisa told us she would be working with Wilamette Economics Professor C. Russell Beaton.
So we waited and paid. Waited some more and paid some more. Deadlines were missed, excuses delivered.
"A Fair Deal For Ferrets" is finally available on Amazon in both printed and electronic versions.
Joe Ferret represents the hopes and fears of people affected by the ban on domestic ferrets in the state of California. This is his idea to try to change an unfair law that tears pets from their beloved families.
Let's wish Joe Ferret a lot of success in the publising industry!