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SB 89 Passes the California State Assembly; Now Goes to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's Desk

One Step Closer to Decriminalizing Ownership of Ferrets in California

August 24, 2004

The American Ferret Association has learned that California State Bill 89, which seeks to decriminalize the ownership of domestic pet ferrets in the state of California, has passed the California State Assembly. This is a major hurdle in the fight that Californians for Ferret Legalization and other California ferret owners have been battling for over a decade now.

The following is the announcement as posted by legalization lobbyist Jeanne Carley on the Californians for Ferret Legalization website announcing this victory. Be sure to regularly check the Californians for Ferret Legalization website for updates in this rapidly-developing story!

VICTORY! SB 89 GOES TO GOVERNOR (but we don't know what he'll do)!

I have the great pleasure to inform you that SB 89 just passed the California State Assembly today and will now go before Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger!

At this time, the vote was 47 in favor, 12 or 13 against (with approximately 20 votes outstanding). I'll know the final vote sometime tomorrow or the next day and will pass it along. Hopefully the ayes will grow but the nayes are a sign of heavy lobbying by CA Waterfowl and Fish and Game.

This is an historic day no question about that. It's taken eleven years of hard, hard work for a ferret bill to go this far. I have to tell you though, that the Department of Fish and Game is vehemently against this bill, whining that "regulating pets is not their job". That's one of the arguments I made to them eleven long years ago. How dare they now claim ferrets are not their job, of course they're not, they never have been!

In any case, I can tell you from our sources in the Capitol that the Department and CA Waterfowl are lobbying the Governor's office very, very hard and we need for each and every one of you to multiply your efforts five fold to ensure that this bill goes into law and is NOT vetoed! Don't make the mistake that just because the Governor was in a movie with ferrets that he is not feeling pressure to veto this bill. If you make that assumption and do nothing to convince him to sign SB 89, it will be a very costly mistake!

Many of you have already called the Governor's office so what I'm asking you to do is to reach out to your friends and co-workers, extended and distant family members, hey, even ex's if you're on good terms, and have them call and write as well!

The Governor's number is: 916 445-2841

To respond to legislation, press #2, then listen for SB 89, press #1, then to support SB 89 press #1.

You should also take the time to help friends and family write to the Governor. Make it easy for them, address the letters and give them a sample. Here's the Governor's address:

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

Make your letters short. For example:

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger,

Please sign SB 89 which decriminalizes current ferret owners. These good citizens own a domesticated pet that legal in the rest of the continent, is not in the jurisdiction of a wildlife agency, and is safer to people and the environment than a dog or cat. The current ban is unfair and a waste of taxes and governmental goodwill.


Your name and city


To those of you who have lists of people in California that we may not be reaching, Ferrets Anonymous, Golden State Ferret Society, Capitol City Ferret Club, Ferret Ware, Hyper Fur, etc. please, get this information out to all of your contacts, ASAP. Consider a small first class mailing so recipients have time to respond.

Come on folks, now is not the time to celebrate, it's time to work hard so all of us can celebrate when the bill is law!

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