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City of La Mesa to Consider Ferret Friendly Status
What if there was an elected group of people who heard about our efforts to legalize ferrets, and based on what they heard – agreed with us?
That’s exactly what we’re trying to do in the city of La Mesa – just east of San Diego.
So far animal lovers Councilwoman Kristine Alessio and Bill Baber seem to agree with us and have put it on the city’s agenda for their September 26th meeting.
We need as many people as possible at that meeting to show grass-roots support for this effort. After all, the city of La Mesa has a lot of things going on and they are taking a break from it to venture into ferrets, something they don’t have to do. And they won’t if we don’t have a healthy turnout of ferret lovers at that meeting.
Our goal is to have at least 12 people wearing our new t-shirt at the meeting. We are giving out free t-shirts to the first 24 ferret lovers who show up.
Let’s make history – if you can make it we need you at the La Mesa City Council Meeting, September 26th from 6 to no later than 8.
La Mesa City Councilwoman Vows to Help Legalize Ferrets
City Councilwoman Kristine Alessio delighted us at our July 15th party by promising to help legalize ferrets. She has been discussing the issue with Assemblymen Todd Gloria and Randy Voepel, hoping to convince either or both to introduce ferret legalization legislation, but without much luck. Even though ferret legalization seems like a no-brainer, it just isn’t seen as a serious issue.
But the effort to make La Mesa a Ferret Sanctuary City builds steam. Surely a ridiculous concept but one with a huge symbolic value which could prompt a legislator to take up our cause. And surprisingly, we could be getting close.
What we know – Kristine Alessio would vote “Yes”
Bill Baber would probably vote “Yes” but he is more of a pragmatist.
Three other members on the city council – only one Democrat, Colin Parent.
Kristine and Bill are the only pet owners on the city council and that makes a big difference in one’s perception of the issue. Colin Parent is the Democrat’s only member on the council. I think he would have a hard time voting against the wishes of ordinary people who want to have a pet legal in 48 states and one where no one is defending the ban on the grounds that ferrets pose any kind of threat. I just don’t see a Democrat letting Republicans being the only advocates for “the little guy.”
I’m not familiar with the two other members, Vice Mayor Guy McWhirter or Mayor Mark Arapostathis. We’ll work on them after we secure three votes.
If this makes the agenda I know I can put up a very convincing presentation. I will need as many ferret lovers as possible holding up signs. Stay tuned. We’re going to have lots of fun with this one!
Asking La Mesa, CA to be the Very First Ferret Sanctuary City
On Thursday (June 8th, 2017) I dropped off five large envelopes addressed to each member of the La Mesa city council. Here is the cover letter.
Since the Fish and Game President admits that they all know ferrets are domestic animals but they can’t move forward with de-listing them from the prohibited species list – this is a great way to get the discussion going.
And if we can actually get people to discuss ferrets we’ve already won. Each time it moves the argument further.
It’s only been a couple of days and no response. My neighbor is on the city council, I’ve called him and emailed him last week and haven’t heard anything. But let me give this another week and if we don’t hear anything I’ll ask for a little help from our members to generate some enthusiasm for this effort.