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.
Orange County Legalize Ferrets Meeting
Saturday, July 18 at 12:00pm to 1:30pmIl Fornaio (restaurant)
18051 Von Karman Avenue
Irvine, CA 92612
Let's get to know each other, discuss the upcoming ballot initiative and make plans for collecting signatures.
Link to Facebook Event Here
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:
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.)
Our recent campaign on indiegogo.com came up a little short of the $100,000 we really need to hire paid petition gatherers. The goal was set unrealistically high, but perhaps there was a big donor out there or we’d hit major news.
Now the plan is to make use of the best all volunteer petition plan we can muster.
We will contacting the Secretary of State’s office shortly and try to come up with the best possible schedule to begin petitioning early next year. We hope we can have it overlap with the Southern California Pet Expo held in Costa Mesa April 22 through the 26th. It may be too late in the year.
There are other pet events and we will try to organize signature gathering all around the state. Stay tuned.
April 30, 2015
Officer Nick Buckler
California Fish and Wildlife Wardens Association
Hello Officer Bucker,
Thank you for allowing us, the ferret lovers of California to present our argument why your association should support our effort to legalize ferrets in California.
In a nutshell – legalizing ferrets in California takes a useless item off the table for Fish and Wildlife Wardens to deal with.
Ferrets are legal in 48 states and no feral colony of ferrets has ever been found in the United States. There are feral ferret-polecat hybrids in New Zealand and the Shetland Islands. But as our Environmental Report points out ferrets can only go feral on an island ecosystem with an abundance of prey and absence of predators.