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USOC Forces 'Ferret Olympics' Name Change
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - After nine years of slippery, slinky competition, the Ferret Olympics is being forced to change its name - the U.S. Olympic Committee has threatened to sue. An estimated 75 ferrets will vie for medals at the Ferret Agility Trials on Sunday in events including the tube run and the paper bag escape. Only "they are not Olympians anymore," organizer Melanee Ellis said with a laugh. Ellis started the Ferret Olympics in 1996, the year of the Atlanta games, as a fundraiser for a local ferret shelter.
The Ferret Olympics didn't attract much attention until the local newspaper reported on it in 2004, Ellis said.
Within two weeks of the story, she received phone calls from the BBC in London, "Late Show with David Letterman,""The Ellen Degeneres Show" and, eventually, the U.S. Olympic Committee. Ellis, 44, said she could hardly believe the woman on the phone was serious about the threat of a lawsuit for unauthorized use of a trademark. "I was very, very disappointed and upset about the whole thing," she said. U.S. Olympic Committee spokesman Darryl Seibel said the committee's legal department on average asks about 50 groups per year to stop using the name Olympics. "No one is being singled out," Seibel said. "But the accumulated effect of letting that go unchecked would hinder the ability we have to do what we do." In July, a Minnesota rock band changed its name from the Olympic Hopefuls to the Hopefuls but was allowed to keep its signature track suits. The ImprovOlympic, a comedy club in Chicago, also opted to change its name, to I.O., rather than fight a threatened trademark infringement lawsuit. As for Ellis and her ferrets, she wishes they had another chance at Olympic gold.
"I'm sure Spaz is the most upset," Ellis said about the top athlete in her ferret lineup. "He never did win a medal at the Olympics. He thought this would be his year."
*Call for Action!* USDA ferret specific regulations.
We're pleased to announce we have reached 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.
Ferrets in the News!
National Public Radio (NPR) features Ferrets Anonymous!
LOS ANGELES - May 6, 2004: NPR interviewed F.A. members for a segment on California ferret legalization. To hear the segment you will need either a RealOne Player or a Windows Media Player. Click here to go to the NPR ferret segment.
PETsMART's Secret Ferret Sales
by Lee Donehower
OAKLAND, CA - November 16, 2004: It started Monday with an email from Claudia in L.A. urging me to sign a protest petition and put the story up on the Ferrets Anonymous front page. “Make sure it contains the link to the petition,” she told me. "As ferret lovers, we need to put a stop to PETsMART's decision to test the sale of ferrets in four stores with nationwide sales possible later in 2005. We realize that in California we don't yet have the problem, although, when ferrets are legal, this could be a big problem. Remember the puppy mills?" But I still wanted to see some documentation on PETsMART's alledged proposal.
Action requested of USDA on ferret protection
Now, an action is being brought before the United States Department of Agriculture and the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service that would request a revision in the requirements for breeding farms ALREADY under USDA control. The proposed changes would not apply to small breeders who sell privately; rather they would apply only to breeders who breed ferrets for wholesale to the pet industry, their distributors, and the transport they use.
This action requests that the departments review the current protection provided for ferrets, and revise them to provide more breed specific needs. Currently, no ferret specific guidelines are available for the protection of the health and welfare of farmed ferrets - and several groups would like to see this matter addressed.
Within the next several months, proposed regulations will be available for public review and commentary. At this time, however, it is critical to convince the Department of Agriculture that ferrets need - and deserve - breed specific protection equal to that of dogs and cats.
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by Jeanne Carley
But, my father and I were in Sacramento recently meeting with one of the Governor's staffers and it's clear that the Department of Fish and Game intends to try to convince the Governor's office to oppose our bill and they may just well do it! So here's what you need to do and you need to do it now, because they are very close to taking whatever position they will on our bill.
If you live in California, sit down TODAY and write a short, one page letter to the Governor urging him to NOT allow DFG to oppose the ferret amnesty bill. Tell the Governor that ferrets are a domesticated pet that does not belong in the hands of a wildlife agency. Tell the Governor that ferrets are legal in the rest of the country and should not be banned in California. Tell him that you are aware of the 1996-97 Nationwide Ferret Survey by the Department of Fish and Game in which all 50 states said they had no suspected or documented ferrets breeding in the wild either now or in the past.
Please write as soon as you read this. To delay means we might miss our chance and letting the Governor know how much we care. If you don't live in California, please don't write, it's pointless. If you do live in California, please include your address in your letter. Remember, just because you support this issue doesn't mean you own ferrets. And if you don't write, the law may never be changed.
Schwarzenegger Supports Ferrets
OAKLAND, CA - February 11, 2003: Ferrets hit the airwaves in the San Francisco Bay Area last night on the KPIX Channel 5 (CBS) Evening Magazine show. Though the piece was barely over 4 minutes in length, the story presented ferrets and their owners in a positive light. Video was shot for the piece at a Bay Area ferret Christmas party, the home of two ferret owners in Oakland, and at the home office of The Ferret Company in Woodside. There are some great shots of ferrets playing with toys and each other, having their nails clipped, and some emotional scenes of ferret owners whose first ferrets have passed on. Hats off to Jeanne Carley's assistant Amy who did a great job of presenting our side of the legalization issue.
Pat Wright Gets 96,000 Votes!
OAKLAND, CA - November 6, 2002: In a field of seven candidates for Lieutenant Governor of California, Pat Wright came in fourth with 96,364 votes, 1.47% of those cast and more than twice the number of petition signatures gathered for last year’s ferret legalization bill. Running as a “Ferret Legalization Coordinator” (which clearly appeared on every California ballot), Wright’s campaign as a Libertarian Party candidate clearly raised the consciousness of Californians on the ferret issue. More to the point, 6,575,459 Californians who cast a vote for Lieutenant Governor saw the word ‘ferret’ on the ballot.
Poll Results with 99.99% of vote counted:
Ferret Training Tips
Ferrets are intelligent animals, and although some may be strong willed, they are quite readily trainable. The key is patience and consistency. Training techniques must be adapted to individual personalities, but some basic principles apply.
Ferret Photo Contest Winner
A Rhode Island Ferret has won the Boston Globe's Boston.com Animal Beat Photo Contest 2000. View the photo.
Ferret shelter could use help
A story in Monday's Review-Journal stated the 24 Karat Ferret Shelter was in need of volunteers, supplies, donations and people willing to adopt ferrets.
Interested parties should contact shelter owner C.J. Jones at (702) 876-8224.
Rescuer of ferret at Tyson home won't let it be a trophy
Nine months after rescuing an albino ferret at Mike home from near death, the manager of a Las Vegas ferret shelter says she hasn't found it a suitable adoptive home...
But time may be running out on the Tyson ferret, 52 other ferrets, and two mallard ducks -- one of which is missing a leg -- being housed at Jones' home.
Jones said she recently had to go on disability because of a problem with her arm and is scheduled to undergo surgery. The financial pinch and the daily strain of taking care of so many animals, many of which have medical problems themselves, are more than she can handle, Jones said.
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