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We Need to Let the Governor Know How We Feel!!

10/4/2005

When Governor Davis was in office, we were able to gather 46,000 signatures petitioning him to help legalize ferrets in California. But that effort fell on deaf ears unfortunately. Still, that was a tremendous amount of signatures and I'm hoping we can do that again with this Governor who, though clearly not as helpful as we had hoped, is still more sympathetic to our cause than our previous Governor.

As most of you know, our bill is stalled in the Senate Appropriations Committee. To be able to move forward, it needs to come off of the suspense file and on to the Senate Floor. I've asked those of you in Senator Migden's district and Senator Perata's district to write to those senators and hopefully you all have done so.

Now it's time to let the Governor know how Californians fell about ferret legalization.

Make no mistake. This is NOT a ballot initiative. For those of you who do not know about that process, it takes one million dollars to gather the signatures needed to qualify. Why? Because those signatures need to be valid California voters and issues that end up on the ballot are there because there was quite a bit of money behind them, enough to pay people to collect signatures. This issue doesn't have that kind of money.

Even if we did have a benefactor, putting ferret legalization on the ballot is very, very dangerous. This isn't an issue that directly affects every voter as does insurance or taxes. Many, many people in California still don't really know what a ferret is. And what they've heard from the state isn't positive. The money to put an issue on the ballot is just a small part of the money needed to see an issue through. The rest comes in advertising which would need to be state wide and intensive. We don't have money for that either! But the opposition does! The state could easily mount a misinformation campaign that could persuade Californians to vote against a ferret initiative. If that initiative fails, it will seal the fate of ferret legalization in California for decades because legislators would look at the failed initiative and say, "Californians have spoken, they don't want ferrets." To leave this issue in the hands of the majority when we are clearly at a disadvantage in terms of financing and a fair playing field is not a good idea and can do far more harm than good.

What we need to do now is to see this bill through and ask the Governor for his help. To do that we should aim for 50,000 signatures by Feb. 1st, 2006. I think we can do that if we all work hard.

If you have a web site please download the PDF from Californians for Ferret Legalization and put it on your web site. Ask Californians to print it out and gather signatures. Make it a goal to gather at least 100 signatures. Set up a table outside a pet store, go the mall (the holidays are coming and malls will be busy), Safeway, Albertson's, movie theathers anywhere people gather. Ask friends, family members, co-workers, everyone you know to sign. We must gather enough signatures to get the Governor's attention!

Download the Petition HERE!
Download the Petition HERE!

Please be sure to return all signatures to me (try to fill each page if possible which will be easier for me to count) at:

Jeanne Carley
410 Mountain Home Road
Woodside, CA 94062

Thanks and a special thank you to Lili who worked hard to redesign this year's petition and put it into PDF format, Thanks LILI!!

Jeanne Carley
Californians for Ferret Legalization
410 Mountain Home Road Woodside, CA 94062
(650) 851-3750

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USDA Considers New Regulations for Ferrets. Your Input Essential!

9/5/2005

Last April I was invited to speak at the International Ferret Symposium on ferret photography in St. Louis, Missouri. At that symposium, Dr. Sandra Kuzak gave a riveting report on her efforts to have the USDA draft guidelines for the health and welfare of baby ferrets (kits) in housing and shipping to bring them into line with similar guidelines for kittens and puppies. Well, her terrific efforts have paid off but only in part. Now it's up to you to do your part. The USDA is asking for public input and needs to hear from you. I received this information from the International Ferret Congress http://www.ferretcongress.org.

Remember this is not an attack on breeders or pet stores. It is simply intended to protect kits to the same degree that puppies and kittens are protected by USDA regulations. So please write or e-mail your suggestions.

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In March of 2004, several ferret organizations sent a petition to the USDA requesting a revision in the requirements for housing and transport for breeding farms, dealers and research institutions already under USDA control. The proposed changes would not apply to small breeders who sell privately; rather they would apply only to farms who breed ferrets for wholesale, their distributors, and the transport they use.

A major milestone in the effort to get the USDA and APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) to adopt ferret specific regulations under the Animal Welfare Act has been achieved. The USDA has accepted this petition, and has now requested public input. They ask 3 main questions (condensed here):

1. Should specific standards be implemented for the welfare of domestic ferrets? If yes, please explain what standards you believe are needed.

2. What specific problems have dealers, exhibitors, or research facilities had with the current handling, care, treatment, and transportation standards and how would ferret-specific standards eliminate them?

3. Should there be minimum age requirements for the transportation of domestic ferrets, and, if so, what factors should be considered in determining those requirements?

The deadline for responding is October 4, 2005. It is URGENT that the USDA get a strong response from the ferret community to move forward with the development of new regulations!

For the full text of the request for input, go to http://www.aphis.usda.gov/ppd/rad/webrepor.html and click on Recent Documents. Scroll down to "Animal Welfare; Standards for Ferrets".

The IFC (International Ferret Congress) will be hosting information on the our web site, including the Notice of Petition and Request for Comments; sample letters to the USDA; and the transcript of Dr. Sandra Kudrak's presentation at the 2005 International Ferret Symposium in St. Louis this spring. Dr. Kudrak's talk provides an excellent overview of the very complex multi-year process of creating new regulations, of where we are in the process and what is yet to be done.

Remember, October 4, 2005 is the deadline to submit your letters!

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Suggestions of ideas and guidelines for your letters.

Regarding the need for regulations, below are reasons we need appropriate guidlines for shipping ferrets:

Suggested regulations:

Other suggestions for your letters so they are more effective:

Jeanne Carley
Californians for Ferret Legalization
410 Mountain Home Road Woodside, CA 94062
(650) 851-3750

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AB647 Fails to Make it Off Suspense File

8/28/2005

Sadly AB 647 did not make it off the suspense file last week so it's over for this year. Senator Migden did tell our author that he has a two year bill, as opposed to a dead bill, which is the case for most two year bills, but I'm afraid the outlook is not good. Essentially we have gotten our bill through the Assembly but it has stalled in the Senate. If we can't get it through the Senate by next August we will have to start all over again.

The reason our bill failed was because of the threat of the expense of an EIR (Environmental Impact Report) even though funding an EIR is not authorized if the initial study fails to eliminate ferrets from the prohibited wildlife list. (I do think the opposition is deathly afraid of this initial study because it will show that ferrets are not a problem at all). The bill also failed because the Governor has not helped out as we hoped he would.

The whole thing is so crazy that frankly I'm not sure what to do. Ferrets are a domesticated pet. Every scientific authority in the world says so including the USDA, Smithsonian Institution and International Sepcies Indexing System yet here in California they're in a list of prohibited wild animals. That alone should require that they be legalized as are all other domesticated pets. It's just icing on the cake that ferrets are far safer to people and the environment than are dogs and cats. Dogs send almost one million people to emergency rooms yearly and feral cat populations abound. Ferrets don't go feral and have a minimal impact on people-- they average a couple of pounds so it's not rocket science to know why they are safer than a 60lb dog!

Last year and this year we hoped that the Governor's office would do the right thing and help right a wrong. But they haven't and I really don't know why. Sometimes the best measure of a person (and a government) is how he (or it) treats the weak. Let's face it, ferret owners aren't exactly among the powerful politically or this issue would have been over with years ago instead of going on and on (our first legislative bill was in 1994).

Because all of the facts are in our corner, the issue will not go away and the majority of the legislature supports us. We've had landslide votes in committees and on the floor of each house in the past but there are some people in positions that apparently matter that are adamatly opposed to changing the law and the network in Sacramento is a powerful one.

The only thing I can think of to try to help our bill survive is to continue to write to the Governor and ask for his help to move this issue forward. The situation in California is not only unfair to current Californains but to anyone wanting to move or even visit here with a ferret in tow. The initial study is inexpensive for the state to do, a mere 30,000.00, peanuts. Balking at paying for that is ridiculous and has more to do with setting up a roadblock than with real economics. And requiring ferret owners to pay for a $300,000-500,000.00 EIR is absurd. That's also a roadblock since it's not going to happen.

I'm very unhappy with the Governor's lack of attention to this issue. It's so unfair and so insensitive. I'm really disillusioned with him. He campaigned on such a different platform than what his actions have been, especially with this issue. He was going to be the people's Governor. He hasn't been the people's Governor on the ferret issue, he's never heard directly from us, he's been Fish and Game's Governor so far. I hope he listens to the people which is why I still encourage you to write (politely, please).

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
Governor's Office
State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814

Jeanne Carley
Californians for Ferret Legalization
410 Mountain Home Road Woodside, CA 94062
(650) 851-3750

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Californians Please Write Immediately!

8/9/2005

Our bill is currently in the Senate Appropriations Committee (see table below) and may languish there if you do not make your voice heard. The two key Senators to write to are the Chair of the Committe Carole Migden and the Leader of the State Senate Don Perata.

All Californians can write to the Chairwoman, Carole Migden but it is really, really important that she hear from her constituents. So if you live in Marin, Petaluma, Sonoma, Novato, San Rafael, Fairfax, Ross, Mill Valley, Tiburon, Corte Madera or the eastern half of the city of San Francisco, please write now to Senator Migden. Our bill with either live or die on August 22nd so you must be sure to contact her before August 21st.

Here's how to contact Senator Migden:

Honorable Senator Carole Migden
Chair, Appropriations Committee
State Capitol Room 2059
Sacramento, CA 95814
Tel (916) 651-4003 Fax (916) 445-4722

The other very important Senator for Californians to contact is the leader of the Senate, Senator Don Perata. If you live in the cities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Dublin, El Sobrante, Emeryville, Livermore, Oakland, Piedmont, Richmond or San Pablo, please call or fax Senator Perata immediately. Here is how to contact Senator Perata:

Honorable Senator Don Perata
State Capitol Room 205
Sacramento, CA 95814
Tel (916) 651-4009 Fax (916) 327-1997
Senator.Perata@sen.ca.gov

E-mail is much less effective according to every lobbyist I’ve spoken with but if you’re out of time, at least e-mail again, include your name and address so Senator Perata knows you are a constituent (I did not see an e-mail address on Senator Migden's web page).

Please don’t wait for someone else to write. Our bill depends upon you!

Jeanne Carley
Californians for Ferret Legalization
410 Mountain Home Road Woodside, CA 94062
(650) 851-3750

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AB 647 Passes Senate Natural Resources Commitee/Please Help with Funds!

7/2/2005

AB 647 passed the Senate Natural Resources Committee by a vote of 9-0. It now goes to the Appropriations Committee. Here's how the vote went:

Ayes:

Kuehl
Margett
Aanestadv
Bowen
Dutton
Hollingsworth
Lowenthal
Migden
Romero

Not Voting or Absent:

Kehoe
Machado

Here's what the next committee looks like. I don't have time right now to get you the information on the districts that each Senator represents because I need to get this out before I upgrade my system (I'm probably going to be out of touch for a little while via e-mail). [WM Note: Click here for Senate Appropriations Committee district information]

But you can all write to the Chair, Carole Midgen of San Francisco. Here's her information:

Senator Carole Migden, Chair
Appropriations Committee
State Capitol, Room 2206
Sacramento, CA 95814
Fax (916) 445-4722

Our bill will not be heard before this Committee's summer break (roughly July 15th to August 15th) so you have plenty of time to write and to find out if one of these Senators is your own.

Senate Appropriations Committee:

Senator Carole Migden (Chair)

Voted Yes on AB 647 in Natural Resources

Senator Samuel Aanestad (Vice-Chair)

Voted Yes on Senate floor for SB 89

Senator Richard Alarcon

Voted Yes on Senate floor for SB 89

Senator Elaine Alquist

Voted Yes on Assembly Floor for AB 854

Senator Roy Ashburn

Voted Yes on Senate floor for SB 89

Senator Jim Battin

Voted Yes on Senate floor for SB 89

Senator Robert Dutton

Voted Yes in Natural Resources for AB 647

Senator Martha Escutia

Voted No on AB 363 Jan Goldsmith's bill

Senator Dean Florez

Voted No on Assembly Floor for AB 854

Senator Kevin Murray

Voted Yes on AB 363 Jan Goldsmith's bill

Senator Deborah Ortiz

Has not voted on a ferret bill

Senator Charles Poochigian

Voted Yes on Senate floor for SB 89

Senator Gloria Romero

Co-Authored SB 89, Voted Yes on Senate floor for SB 89, voted yes in Natural Resources for AB 647

Also, we really, really need your help financially with our lobbyist if we are going to be able to continue this effort and have our side heard by the Governor's Office. I simply can't tell you how important it is to have the help of a well respected Republican lobbyist like Bob Naylor. His firm is the top Republican lobbying firm in Sacramento. This is crucial with a Republican Governor yet his firm is so balanced that our past Democratic author Dede Alpert joined his firm after leaving the Senate.

And Bob has given us is services at a most economical rate. But we are out of funds and desperately need your help to make sure that we get AB 647 to the Governor's desk and that we get an honest environmental assessment of the ferret question that will result in the legalization of ferrets next year.

Please, please help get our message heard by the Governor's Office so we can finally change the law in Sacramento. I can't do this without Bob's help, and yours. I cannot afford to work on another ferret legalization bill. This is my last year. All of my time has been free so you are really getting two lobbyists for the price of one! So please help! [WM Note: Click here for more information about our lobbyist.]

Take a moment this 4th of July weekend to write a check payable to (and mail to the address shown):

Neilsen, Merksamer & Naylor
1415 L St., Suite 1200
Sacramento, CA 95814

VERY IMPORTANT: Write FOR FERRET LEGALIZATION on your check.

Or, you can write the check payable to Neilsen, Merksamer & Naylor and mail it to me and I will forward it on with a letter specifying the Ferret Legalization Account. Checks sent to me should be addressed to:

Jeanne Carley
Californians for Ferret Legalization
410 Mountain Home Road Woodside, CA 94062
(650) 851-3750

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AB 647 Passes Assembly Next - Stop Senate Natural Resources

5/31/2005

Just a quick note to let you know that AB 647 passed the CA State Assembly today. The vote tally was not yet final but the latest count was 63-7 with 10 members either abstaining, absent or not yet voting. The final count will be available tomorrow. You can go to: AB 647. Then scroll down to Votes and click on Assembly Floor Vote to see if your Assemblymember voted in favor. If he/she did, please send a thank you-- that's very important!

To find out the name of your State Senator, please visit our site and click on Legislators-Know Your Local CA Representative.

Please continue to write in support of the bill. If you haven't read the bill, go to our web site and click on Bill Info- Know the Bill We Want to Pass and click on Assembly Bill 647 or go straight to the CA Government Page at:

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/postquery?bill_number=ab_647&sess;=CUR&house;=B&author;=koretz.

Be sure to read the latest version and do not make assumptions about the bill until you have read it. Some folks have shared concerns that the state could stall on the study. The bill has a clear time line for the study and public hearings.

Jeanne Carley
Californians for Ferret Legalization
410 Mountain Home Road Woodside, CA 94062
(650) 851-3750

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Please Contact Chair of Appropriations and your Assemblymember ASAP!

5/17/2005

Our bill AB 647 is before the Assembly Appropriations Committee and needs to move forward or die. Please don't let this happen. The bill in its current version does NOT include an expensive environmental reveiw which would be paid for by ferret owners and reviewed by a hostile Fish and Game Commission. Instead this bill appropriates a far lesser sum and the report woud be evaluated by the Department of Natural Resources Secretary. The bill must move bfore the 25th of May so you have just one week to write. Everyone should politely write to the Chair. If your assembymbmer is on this committee, you should also write to him/her. If not PLEASE DO NOT WRITE TO SOMEONE WHO DOES NOT REPRESENT YOU!

It's your job to write to or call your respective representatives. No one else can or will do it for you. I urge you to not passively sit by watching and waiting. If you haven't written or called your State Assemblymember do it now! To find out who represents you go to the link below and enter your zip code:

http://www.ferretnews.org/legislators.html

We need everyone to polietly calls and write letters to the chair, Assemblywoman Judy Chu. Her address is below. A call or letter is by far better than an e-mail. To write to Assemblymember Chu, write to:

The Honorable Judy Chu, Chair
Assembly Appropriations Committee
State Capitol, Room 2114
Sacramento, CA 95814
Fax 916-319-2149

CA ASSEMBLY APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE

Name

Party - District

Tel

Fax  

Areas representing

Ferret voting  history (SB 89)

Judy Chu, Chair

Dem-49

(916) 319-2049

(916) 319-2149

Monterey Park, South El Monte, El Monte, North El Monte, San Gabriel, Alhambra, San Marino, East San Gabriel, North San Gabriel

Yes

Sharon Runner

Rep-36

(916) 319-2036

(916) 319-2136

Lancaster, Palmdale,  Victorville, Adelanto

Yes

Karen Bass

Dem-47

(916) 319-2047

 

Baldwin Hills, Culver City, Crenshaw District, Victoria Park, Hyde Park, Victoria Park, Miracle Mile Windsor Hills, Century City

New

Patty Berg

Dem-1

(916) 319-2001

(916) 319-2101

Del Norte County, Humboldt County ,  Mendocino County ,

Lake County , Trinity County , parts of Sonoma County   (Healdsburg, Windsor , Bodega Bay )

Yes

Ronald S. Calderon

Dem-58

(916) 319-2058

 

Montebello , Pico Rivera , Whittier , City of Industry , Downey

Yes

Bill Emmerson

Rep-63

(916) 319-2063

(916) 319-2163

Rancho Cucamonga,  Upland, Redlands, San Bernardino, Highland, Loma Linda, Fontana, Grand Terrace,  Yucaipa, Moreno Valley, Riverside

Yes in Water, Parks and Wildlife

Mike Gordon

Dem-53

(916) 319-2053

 

West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Playa Del Rey Playa Vista, Westchester, El Segundo, Venice, Redondo Beach, Torrance

New

Ray Haynes

Rep-66

(916) 319-2066

 

San Diego and Riverside

Co-Author, AB647

Betty Karnette

Dem-54

(916) 319-2054

 

 

Yes

Johan Klehs

Dem-18

(916) 319-2018

 

San  Leandro , Hayward , Pleasanton , Dublin , San Lorenzo , Union City , Sunol, Ashland

New

Mark Leno

Dem-13

(916) 319-2013

 

 

Yes

Alan Nakanishi

Rep-10

(916) 319-2010

 

 

Yes

Joe Nation

Dem-6

(916) 319-2006

 

 

Yes

Jenny Oropeza

Dem-55

(916) 319-2055

 

 

Yes

Mark Ridley-Thomas

Dem-48

(916) 319-2048

 

 

Yes

Lori Saldaña

Dem-76

(916) 319-2076

(916) 319-2176

San  Diego

Yes in Water, Parks and Wildlife

Mimi Walters

Rep-73

(916) 319-2073

 

Laguna Niguel, Oceanside, San Clemente, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Hills, Aliso Viejo

New

Leland Yee

Dem-12

(916) 319-2012

 

 

Yes

Key to Voting History:

Voted yes last session = Please thank this member for supporting ferret legalization and encourage her to continue her support.
Voted no last session = Please ask this member to reconsider and support AB 647.
New Member, Abstained or Did Not Vote = Please ask this member to support ferret legalization by voting yes on AB 647.

To write to the above legislators (again, only if they represent you) address your letter as follows:

Honorable Assemblymember XXXXXXXXX
State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 92429

Jeanne Carley
Californians for Ferret Legalization
410 Mountain Home Road Woodside, CA 94062
(650) 851-3750

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AB647 Passes out of tough Committee but it is much changed

4/27/2005

Just a quick note to tell you that our bill passed out of committee but it is a much changed bill. It authorizes a study but not an EIR and takes the Fish and Game Commission and the Department out of the main role and gives it to the Secretary of Natural Resources who, I think will be more objective.

Funding details for the study need work and we'll see how that goes. To read the latest version of the bill go to the link below (or paste it in your browser). Click on the latest amended version 4/20/05

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/postquery?bill_number=ab_647&sess;=CUR&house;=B&author;=koretz

Here is how the Committee voted. Please thank the members that supported out bill!

AYES
Wolk
Baca
Berg
Daucher
Emmerson
Matthews
Sharon Runner
Saldana

NOES
Maze
Parra

ABSENT, ABSTAINING, OR NOT VOTING
Villines
Bermudez
Dymally
Pavley

Assemblymember Villines and Pavley did not vote though present.

Jeanne Carley
Californians for Ferret Legalization
410 Mountain Home Road Woodside, CA 94062
(650) 851-3750

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Hearing Postponed until April 26th

4/5/2005

Just a quick note to let you know that the hearing on our bill AB 647 has been postponed until April 26th so you still have time to get those letters in. Here is CFL's letter to the chair, Lois Wolk. You should write your own letter and not copy this one, but feel free to use the arguments in this or our ferret fact sheet located at the address below:

http://www.ferretnews.org/fact1.html

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April 3, 2005

Honorable Assemblywoman Lois Wolk
Chair, Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee
1020 N. Street Suite 160
Sacramento, CA 95814

Honorable Assemblywoman Wolk,

Ferrets are a domesticated pet and as such do not belong in a list of prohibited wildlife. Nor do they belong under the jurisdiction of a wildlife agency. The Department of Fish and Game’s 1996-97 Nationwide Ferret Survey showed no feral ferrets documented anywhere in any state at any time. This makes the domesticated ferrets’ record with regard to the environment a stellar one, especially when compared with other domesticated pets, such as dogs, cats, horses, goats and pigs, which do breed in the wild.

Demands by the Department of Fish and Game that proponents of AB 647 fund an expensive EIR prior to the ferrets’ removal from the restricted wildlife list in which it was erroneously listed is unfair and unreasonable. In fact, the Fish and Game Commission removed the Water Buffalo in 1995 from this same list without requiring an EIR because the animal in question was determined to be domesticated. Why doesn’t this animal deserve the same consideration? It should be determined to be domesticated (because it is) and it should be removed from the list of prohibited wild species. Demanding an EIR before correcting this error makes it’s correction an impossibility.

Chairman Wolk, hundreds of thousands of ferrets are here already. Their owners are criminalized in this state for doing something they have a right to do in every other state on the continent-- own the domesticated pet of their choosing. People moving here from other states also find themselves caught in a situation not of their making. Pets they acquired legally are suddenly banned and they are faced with the choice of leaving them behind or becoming new California criminals. Routinely they choose the latter because they see the law as wrong.

Since domesticated ferrets are legal in the rest of the continental US, the ferret ban in California is as ineffective and as unreasonable as a dog ban in Delaware or a cat ban in Colorado. We urge an aye vote on this long overdue change to California’s prohibition of a single domesticated pet.

Sincerely,

Jeanne Carley
Co-founder

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Once again, here are the committee members. If you live in one of these districts, it is imperative that you write. Our bill could easily die in this first committee, it's up to you to make certain your legislator hears from you!

Jeanne Carley
Californians for Ferret Legalization
410 Mountain Home Road Woodside, CA 94062
(650) 851-3750

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YOUR LETTERS NEEDED FOR IMPORTANT FIRST HEARING FOR FERRET LEGALIZATION BILL IN CA!

3/18/2005

Our bill to legalize ferrets in California faces it's first hearing in Sacramento on April 12th. At the end of this e-mail you will see the members of this committee, the districts they serve and their past ferret voting history if known (this information is thanks to Debby G of the Capitol City Ferret Club, Thanks Debby!).

If your representative is on this committee you must write immediately and have your friends and family in his/her district write as well. This bill will not pass if these legislators don't hear from their constituents! Make it a point to get at least 10 letters from everyone you know in to your Assemblymember, especially if he/she is on this Committee! Our bill could die on April 12th so please, get those letters out!

Everyone can write to the Committe Chair, Assemblywoman Lois Wolk. Also, all ferret clubs should write letters of support to the Chair of the Water Parks and Wildlife, Lois Wolk. Her address is:

Honorable Assemblywoman Lois Wolk
Chair, Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee
1020 N. Street Suite 160
Sacramento, CA 95814

For information on what to put in your letters, visit the link below. Do NOT ask me what to say, I'm terribly busy and all the information you need is on our web site under the Ferret Facts link, or in our Ferret Facts sheet:

http://www.ferretnews.org/fact1.html

Californians, this is your bill. Don't make the erroneous assumption that this bill will pass this committee. There are many, many new members and the Waterfowl folks, Fish and Game and sadly, CA Health Officers are making a big push to kill this bill. It can fail on April 12 if you don't do you part.

It's your job to write to or call your respective representatives. No one else can or will do it for you. I urge you to not passively sit by watching and waiting. If you haven't written your State Assemblymember do it now! To find out who represents you go to the link below and enter your zip code:

http://www.ferretnews.org/legislators.html

If you live in one of the following districts, or know someone who does, and you haven't yet contacted your representative, please call Monday asking the Assemblymember to support AB 647. Contacting your representative several times is not as effective, and can be detrimental, as having new constituents phone. That is why this is directed at people who haven't yet contacted their representatives. If you do not live in these districts, please do NOT phone, you will only hurt our efforts.

CA ASSEMBLY WATER,  PARKS AND WILDLIFE COMMITTEE

Name

Party - District

Tel

Fax 

Areas representing

Ferret voting  history (SB 89)

Lois Wolk

Chair 

(D-8)

(916) 319-2008

(916) 319-2108

All of Solano county except western  Vallejo, most of Yolo County and the Delta region of Sacramento County including  the cities of  Benicia, Davis, Dixon, Fairfield, Rio Vista, Suisun City,  Vacaville, Vallejo, West Sacramento, Winters and Woodland.

NO

Michael N. Villines

Vice  Chair

(R-29)

(916) 319-2029

(916) 319-2129

Fresno , Clovis ,  Madera , Orange   Cove 

NEW

Joe Baca 

(D-62)

(916) 319-2062

(916) 319-2162

San Bernardino , Fontana , Rialto , and  Colton , Bloomington and Muscoy

NEW

Patty Berg 

(D-1)

(916) 319-2001

(916)  319-2101

Del Norte County, Humboldt County ,  Mendocino County , Lake County , Trinity County , parts of Sonoma County   (Healdsburg, Windsor , Bodega Bay )

YES

Rudy Bermúdez 

(D-56)

(916)  319-2056

(916) 319-2156

West Whittier- Los  Nietos, Santa Fe Springs, South Whittier , Norwalk , Artesia, Cerritos , Buena  Park , Hawaiian Gardens

YES

Lynn Daucher 

(R-72)

(916) 319-2072

(916) 319-2172

Fullerton , Anaheim ,  Placentia , Orange ,  Brea , Yorba Linda ,  La  Habra

YES

Mervyn M. Dymally 

(D-52)

(916) 319-2052 

 

Paramount , East  Compton , Compton , Willowbrook, Watts , Century Palms/Cove, Green Meadows, Vermont   Vista , Florence-Graham, Florence-Firestone

YES

Bill Emmerson

(R-63)

(916)  319-2063

(916) 319-2163

Rancho Cucamonga,  Upland, Redlands, San Bernardino, Highland, Loma Linda, Fontana, Grand Terrace,  Yucaipa, Moreno Valley, Riverside

NEW

Barbara S. Matthews

(D-17)

(916)  319-2017

(916) 319-2117

South Dos Palos, Los  Banos, LeGrand, Planada, Merced, Atwater, Livingston, Winton, Hilmar-Irwin,  Delhi, Westley, Grayson, Tracy, Lathrop, French Camp, Taft Mosswood, Country  Club, Stockton

YES  

Bill Maze

(R-34)

(916)  319-2034

(916) 319-2134

Visalia , Tulare , Porterville , Barstow ,  Lindsay, Exeter ,  Farmersville

NO

Nicole Parra 

(D-30)

(916)  319-2030

(916) 319-2130

Fresno County , Kern   County , Kings County ,  and Tulare   County

NO

Fran Pavley 

(D-41)

(916)  319-2041

(916) 319-2141

Agoura Hills,  Calabasas, Encino, Hidden Hills, Malibu , Pacific Palisades, Port Hueneme , Oak  Park , Santa Monica , Tarzana, Topanga, Woodland Hills, portions of Oxnard and  Westlake Village .

Abstained or Did Not Vote.

Sharon Runner

(R-36)

(916)  319-2036

(916) 319-2136

Lancaster, Palmdale,  Victorville, Adelanto

YES  

Lori Saldaña 

(D-76)

(916)  319-2076

(916) 319-2176

San  Diego

NEW

Key to Voting History:

Voted yes last session = Please thank this member for supporting ferret legalization and encourage her to continue her support.
Voted no last session = Please ask this member to reconsider and support AB 647.
New Member, Abstained or Did Not Vote = Please ask this member to support ferret legalization by voting yes on AB 647.

To write to the above legislators (again, only if they represent you) address your letter as follows:

Honorable Assemblymember XXXXXXXXX
State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 92429

Jeanne Carley
Californians for Ferret Legalization
410 Mountain Home Road Woodside, CA 94062
(650) 851-3750

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Please Help With New Ferret Bill, AB 647!

2/27/2005

We have a number for our new ferret legalization bill, AB 647. It is a much more straight forward bill than last year's bill. AB 647 legalizes ferrets in California as long as they are spayed/neutered by 6 months of age (unless the owner holds a valid breeder's license from the USDA). The ferret must also be vaccinated against rabies in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations. Any ferret offered for sale in a retail store must be spayed/neutered prior to sale.

We believe that this is a bill that the Governor can sign. It has none of the bureaucracy of the previous bill and none of the bureaucracy of today's ban. It gives the ferret the same legal status as cats and dogs.

However, we need your help to be able to present the facts about ferrets and our bill to the Governor and to the Legislature this session. Though we were able to get our bill for the first time ever to the Governor's desk last session, I wonder what might have happened if we'd had the finances to approach his office earlier in the year and perhaps amend our bill to allay his concerns? We need to do this right from the outset, and to do that we need your help now!

If you head a ferret club, especially in California, please make copies of this and give it to your members. If you live outside California and want to help, know that we appreciate any size contribution and many nonresidents are faced with a move and a dilemma. We must spread the word on AB 647 and let ferret lovers know how they can help. There may not be another bill for some time if this one fails to pass.

Please ensure that Californians for Ferret Legalization can represent the ferret legalization issue, the issue you care so deeply about, with a voice in the State Capitol. This new ferret bill, if passed and signed by the Governor, will finally legalize your precious pets. Please send a donation to our terrific lobbyist so we can continue to meet with the Governor, Legislators and others in government to get a ferret legalization bill passed in California this year. Please don't sit back and think it will happen without your help. We've had over 10 years to see that is not the case. Send a check today.

Please make your checks payable to:

Nielsen, Merksamer, Parrinello, Mueller & Naylor LLP

IMPORTANT Note on check "Californians for Ferret Legalization"

Mail to:

Robert Naylor, Esquire
Nielsen, Merksamer, Parrinello, Mueller & Naylor LLP
1414 L street, Suite 1200
Sacramento, CA 95814

Or, if you wish, you can mail the checks to me and I will forward them:

Californians for Ferret Legalization
410 Mountain Home Road
Woodside, CA 94062

But be sure to make them out to Nielsen Merksamer. If you do send a check directly to Nielsen, please let me know so I can keep track of what the ferret community donates.

To read more about the bill, go to: AB 647

There, you can then download the PDF or view it in HTML.

Introduced by Assemblymember Paul Koretz AB 647 has several coauthors. They are Assemblymembers Mountjoy, Haynes, Karnette, Battin, Margett, and Ducheny.

If you haven't written a note of thanks to Assemblymember Koretz, please take a moment to do so now. The time required to author a bill is considerable. Please thank Assemblymember Koretz for introducing AB 647 and let him know how much it means to you to see the law changed in California!

Assemblymember Paul Koretz
9200 Sunset Blvd., PH-15
West Hollywood , CA 90069
e-mail: Assemblymember.Koretz@assembly.ca.gov

Thanks for your support,

Jeanne Carley
Californians for Ferret Legalization
410 Mountain Home Road Woodside, CA 94062
(650) 851-3750

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New Ferret Bill for 2005

2/5/2005

Just a quick note to let you know that Assemblymember Paul Koretz is the new author for a ferret legalization bill this year. Mr. Koretz is a fan of ferrets and we look forward to working with him to change the law in California.

I encourage you to take a moment to write a note of thanks to Assembymember Koretz. Quite frankly it is quite a bit of work to author a bill and we should let him know in advance how grateful we are. If you have a story to tell about losing your ferrets to DFG or having to leave them behind in another state, please let him know but make your letter very, very short, no longer than two paragraphs (one page only!)

Here is his address:

Assemblymember Paul Koretz
9200 Sunset Blvd., PH-15
West Hollywood , CA 90069

Here is his e-mail:

Assemblymember.Koretz@assembly.ca.gov

Currently there is not yet a bill number but when there is I will let you know so you can sign up on our web site, www.ferretnews.org, for more information via the Government's e-mail subscription as well as my updates if you wish. At that time you will be able to read the bill and follow it's progress. But you will be asked and it is vital, that you participate by writing letters in support to your Assemblymembers and State Senators. Sitting back and watching what happens is fatal in this business. I urge you to all get involved this year!

I will be away from my e-mail from today until Feb. 22nd so please don't send any messages my way until after I return. Also, please keep in mind that I will be very, very busy trying to help with the bill and still stay in business. Many questions you might have can be found on the web site but I will answer as many e-mails as I can, when I can.

I will not be able to help with any school projects due to time constraints, sorry.

Jeanne Carley
Californians for Ferret Legalization
410 Mountain Home Road Woodside, CA 94062
(650) 851-3750

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Another Year Gone By!

1/1/2005

Hello All and Happy New Year!

I just wanted to let you all know that we are still hoping to be able to change the law that so unfairly bans a single domesticated pet, the ferret, in the coming legislative session here in California.

As most of you know, we achieved a milestone last year by finally, after 10 years, getting a ferret amnesty bill to the Governor's desk only to have it vetoed due in part to it's complexity.

While the veto was heartbreaking, we are encouraged by the Governor's interest in the ferret situation to hope to be able to work with his office come up with a reasonable alternative to an unreasonable (and completely unworkable)law.

I will keep you posted of our efforts as the year develops. If we ask you to write or contact your Senator or Assemblyman or the Governor, please do so at the appropriate time.

Thanks for your support and hopefully, with your help, we'll have a successful resolution to the long standing ferret situation in California.

Jeanne Carley
Californians for Ferret Legalization
410 Mountain Home Road Woodside, CA 94062
(650) 851-3750

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Important Developments for Ferret Legalization in California

10/5/2004

Bob Naylor, our lobbyist, spoke with the Governor's staff recently about his veto of SB 89 and was told that the Governor wants to be proactive on the ferret issue but that SB 89 was just too bureaucratic to sign into law. I think we have to assume that some kind of environmental document is anticipated by the Governor's office but it is unclear at this point if a full-blown EIR or a less time consuming and costly document would be accepted. Since the chinchilla, water buffalo and camel were removed from the same list the ferret is in without any environmental documents, and because they were determined to be domesticated, we believe no study is necessary.

In any case, all is not lost on the ferret front. It seems that the Governor's Office wants to move this issue forward which is terrific news. We'll have to see what shape that interest takes but I think we should all be encouraged by this information.

Many of you have asked how you can help our issue and one way is to help our dedicated webmaster Scott Beisner who has paid for our web site himself for years now. You can sponsor the website by donating to its monthly service fee, a mere $20.00. Go to www.ferretnews to see how to help Scott maintain the best ferret legalization site on the internet.

On a personal note, I need to return my attention to my work after months on this issue but will be on hand to represent us in whatever way is needed and to help our lobbyist with the work he performs on this issue. I will not be able to respond to individual requests for updates so if you are not on the CA UPDATE list is strongly urge you to sign up via our web site www.ferretnews.org. If you want to help me, and enjoy some really unique ferret photography, consider purchasing my 2005 ferret calendar, Ferret Music, from The Ferret Company, www.ferretcompany.com.

Jeanne Carley
Californians for Ferret Legalization
410 Mountain Home Road Woodside, CA 94062
(650) 851-3750

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