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.
Below is the email from Senator Anderson's office
The offending Comments:
Our Change.org petition signatures and comments went out on Monday to Senator Anderson, delivered on Tuesday but we still haven't heard any word from him if he will introduce our ferret legalization bill. In this case, No news is bad news. I'd be very surprised if would take up our cause. It has been rejected too many times by others and suffers from a negative stigma. Plus, in our quid pro quo legislature we have very little to offer.
Dear Mr. Wright,
Thank you for submitting your legislative proposal to legalize ferrets. Our office appreciated the opportunity to review your plan.
Every year, hundreds of informed and passionate constituents like you submit ideas for potential legislation to the Senator’s office. Because he is very limited in the number of bills he can introduce, he is, unfortunately, not able to introduce every idea presented to him. Thus, he will not be introducing your idea this year.
Further, your most recent e-newsletter introduced the concept of bribery (“CLIFFNotes.” – Vol 10, No 4 – January 25, 2015). The Senator prohibits team members from any communications or meetings with anyone who believes they can bribe him. Senator Anderson works to uphold the highest ethical standards for his office and cannot be bought. In fact, these two op-eds from the Senator regarding his efforts to restore integrity to the Senate demonstrate his willingness to act to uphold that standard:
Because you introduced the concept of bribery, should you choose to contact our office in the future, we will not respond.
Richard R. Thomson | Legislative Director
Senator Joel Anderson | Capitol Office: 5052
T: 916-651-4038 | F: 916-651-4938
Richard.Thomson@sen.ca.gov | www.senate.ca.gov/anderson
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!