Petitions must be turned in to us by February 2nd, 2016
- #1367 - calif biker
- #1366 - Fuzzies
- #1365 - KS
san luis obispo, CA
- #1364 - sparkle blue faery
San Pablo, CA
- #1363 - Madena
Thousand Oaks, CA
- #1362 - Charlene T
San Diego, CA
- #1361 - Michaela
- #1360 - Jennifer
- #1359 - Conor
San Mateo, CA
- #1358 - Mamajen
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 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.
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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