by Jeanne Carley

WOODSIDE, CA - February 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" and 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, download the PDF by clicking here.

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


Jeanne Carley
Californians for Ferret Legalization

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