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Legalize Ferrets is a California not-for-profit organization that continues to advocate for ferret legalization in the state. California remains one of only two states to continue to ban domestic ferrets as pets. The other state is Hawaii.

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 formed with an idea of doing a ballot initiative to legalize ferrets. The idea quickly hit reality when research conducted for us by Field Research in 2005 showed only 38% of the voters would support us. Obviously we don’t have the resources to turn around that kind of disadvantage.

Then it dawned on us – let’s do the Environmental Impact Report. It wasn’t easy to find a wildlife biologist who would take on the task, but managed to hire Dr Geo Graening at Sacramento State University. The cost was significantly less than we anticipated because so much of the standard EIR does not apply. No other species has ever required an EIR to be legalized; we had no way of knowing. But it turns out, ferret legalization isn’t rocket science!

During this journey our numbers have continued to grow. Our free, weekly email newsletter called CLIFFNotes (California Legalization Initiative For Ferrets) now goes out to nearly 6,000 people. Our presence on Facebook now has 1500 friends.

If you are interested in ferrets in California – consider joining us. Together we’ve been able to accomplish so much and we hope the day we can take our ferrets outside without fear is close at hand.

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City of La Mesa offers Official Proclamation in Support of Ferret Legalization for California

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LA MESA, Calif., Nov. 15, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Mayor Mark Arapostathis and all members of the La Mesa City Council issued a proclamation on November 9 urging the California State Legislature to pass ferret legalization legislation, non-profit Legalize Ferrets announced today.

Ferret Owners Hopeful as California Fish and Game Commission Consider Issuing Permits for Ferrets

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LA MESA, Calif., April 4, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Legalize Ferrets, a California organization that continues to advocate for ferret legalization in the state, has a watchful eye on The California Fish and Game Commission this month. Why? The commission is set to consider issuing permits for ferrets during its April 26, 2017 meeting in Van Nuys, Calif.

California Ferret Enthusiasts Launch Crowdfunding Campaign for Ballot Initiative on National Ferret Day

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LA MESA, Calif., April 1, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Tired of working and waiting for ferret legalization, which never comes despite thirty years of efforts – LegalizeFerrets.org is planning a ballot initiative to free our domestic ferrets from unnecessary and unfair regulation. April 2 is National Ferret Day in the USA and California ferret lovers are using the occasion to launch a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.

Fish and Game Commission Rejects Study They’ve Never Read

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LA MESA, Calif., Jan. 17, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — LegalizeFerrets.org announces new WhiteHouse.gov petition to help legalize ferrets in California. Over the past 25 years California ferret lovers have worked diligently to catch up to the rest of the 48 continental states to have our right for legal ferret ownership.

Fish and Game Treats California Ferret Enthusiasts as Pests, Not Citizens

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LA MESA, Calif. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — According to LegalizeFerrets.org, the Department of Fish and Game has put impossible restrictions on the ferret legalization process. ‘We’re going by the book – but they’re ripping pages out from under us. Would California tolerate that behavior from any other Department?’ says Pat Wright, of LegalizeFerrets.

Ferret Lovers to Meet in Concord as New Ferret Research is Released from Sacramento State University

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LA MESA, Calif. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — A press conference has been announced for Noon on Saturday, Sept. 25th by LegalizeFerrets, calling on Governor Schwarzenegger to lift the ferret ban before he leaves office and asking (again) the respective Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman campaigns to address the issue.

Past Time to Legalize Ferrets in California says LegalizeFerrets.org

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LA MESA, Calif. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — According to Ferrets Anonymous, legalizing pet ferrets affects hundreds of thousands of Californians, even though many citizens may be unfamiliar with the State’s 77-year-old ferret ban. The California Veterinary Medical Association has long agreed that pet ferrets should be legal. State legislators agreed six years ago. But the Governor blocked ferret legalization, when he vetoed the Ferret Amnesty Bill.

LegalizeFerrets’ YouTube Video Contest – Voting Starts June 29th through July 4th

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LA MESA, Calif. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — LegalizeFerrets.org, an organization of people interested in legalizing ferrets in California, is conducting their second annual YouTube Video Contest. Nine videos have been entered and the only prize is $500 cash. Legalize Ferrets is conducting an Environmental Impact Report as required from the California Department of Fish and Game. Their mailing list and support continue to grow and the video contest is a great expression of the hope, pain and fear California ferret enthusiasts live with.

People Are Asked to Save Their PETCO Receipts to Show Ferret Owners Have Been Supporting PETCO Nationwide

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LA MESA, Calif., May 26 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — In an effort to legalize domestic ferrets in California, one of only two states to ban the critters, ferret owners are asking for help from PETCO, the state’s largest pet supply retailer. “Now we’re asking PETCO to support ferret owners,” said Pat Wright, of LegalizeFerrets.org. California has the largest ferret population in the nation.

California Ferret Owners Seek Answers from the California Department of Food and Agriculture


LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Sept. 5 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — According to LegalizeFerrets.org, California ferret owners are upset that the head of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the Honorable A.G. Kawamura has ignored a formal request and letter writing campaign to get the CDFA to reevaluate their position that ferrets pose a threat to the state’s agricultural industries.

California Ferret Organization Calls for Re-Evaluation of Ban on Domestic Ferrets in Calif.


SAN DIEGO, Calif. – June 5 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — In an open letter to Secretary of Agriculture A.G. Kawamura, dated June 2nd, 2007, the non-profit organization, LegalizeFerrets.org, part of the San Diego chapter of Ferrets Anonymous, requested a formal re-evaluation of the statewide ban on domestic ferrets (Musteo putorius furo).

California Ferret Lovers Plan Ballot Initiative to Legalize Ferrets


SAN DIEGO, CA – Mar. 29 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — California ferret enthusiasts launched a new website in the latest attempt to legalize ferrets in California, one of only two states where they remain illegal. The new website for California Legalization Initiative for Ferrets is legalizeferrets.org.