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.
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.)
When we started LegalizeFerrets.org we thought our best option was a ballot initiative to legalize ferrets. At the time there was a lot of opposition from ferret activists. It was too difficult, we didn't know what we were getting into, a defeat would set us back for years.
So we tried to get a legislator to introduce our bill. For the past three years we tried vigilantly to get one legislator to introduce our bill.
It became quite apparent in 2015 that was not going to happen. No legislator took us seriously. Few return calls. Not even the decency to respond directly to us to after we made a formal request.
Governor Jerry Brown has cleaned up the initiative process this year. And beause the number of signatures is based on voter turn out - which was dismal last election. It is now a possibility. In addition, once we have collected 25% of the amount, which will be about 90,000 signatures of registered California voters, we will be infront of the California legislature. Not that we expect any help or respect from them, but it will build momentum.
We are planning on a crowdfunding platform to be launched April 2nd, 2015 - National Ferret Day. The goal is to raise $100,000 for a paid signature drive. We hope to start collecting signatures early in 2016.
Stay tuned. There is a lot of work to do and everyone's help is needed and appreciated.
"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!