For all their clownish antics and joyful ways, ferrets just don't get the respect they deserve. They aren't even legal in California, New York City and other isolated places in the USA. We humbly ask Google to give us a Doodle on April 2nd to mark National Ferret Day.
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.)
We have tried all sorts of things to get ferrets legalized over the past 25 years. We published an Environmental Report and we’re currently working on an Economic Report. But we wanted to put some life in our story. After all it’s been a long journey. Who better to tell our story than Joe Ferret?
Joe Ferret started out as our first attempt at a Facebook page. We didn’t do it right – we should have created a Facebook business page, which we later did - https://www.facebook.com/LegalizeFerrets.org
Now, the story (and we hope there will be more to come) written by author Katie Ritter is now being submitted to publishers. Stay tuned… more adventures to come.
California is over-regulated. Politicians scratch their heads trying to figure out how to get rid of stupid laws. Even legislators who have held contests “name a stupid law” won’t listen to us.
Well we want to know just how much this ferret ban is costing California. So we hired former Oregon State Legislative Analyst Lisa Nuss and Russ Beaton, Professor of Economics, Willamette University to try to come up with the answer.
We want to follow the money – perhaps if we can start a discussion about the loss of money and jobs this ban causes we can come up with a legislative sponsor in 2014!