yep. the state prohibits their ownership.
2) agribusiness threat
well, that the state's official party line but rumor has it that those occupying positions of power are just mean, ignorant racists. (lola brand and colleen carrigan are feverishly working to substantiate these rumors)
yep. ferrets get a badrap. the media's hate campaign against ferrets has been quite successful according to the golden state ferret society. there have only been a dozen cases of rabid ferrets in the last 300 years while DOGS "kill 17 people per year and account for thousands of rabies cases." (these numbers are now obsolete. yearly dog bite related fatalities have just about doubled since the pit bull's status was upgraded from villain to victim.)
yep. and ferret owners are forced underground to live in shame. they have formed clandestine groups and are gearing up for a fight. they are tired of the discrimination and threat of $1000 fines, 6 months in jail and the confiscation of their misunderstood FAMILY MEMBERS. ferret owners want to enjoy the same perks as the whiny dangerous dog owners; education campaigns, lenient laws, warnings, citations with fines reminiscent of the 1940's and of course pro bono lawyers with unlimited access to the court of appeals.
the responsible ferret owners have launched a facebook campaign, care petition and hired guerrilla economics to produce bogus statistics and sleazy lawyers to speak at california's next legislative session. they also received advice from seasoned pit bull advocates: until they can officially scorch california's earth call them rabbit mixes and form a scientific sounding ferret fanciers research council and website to begin the shameless promotion of nanny rabbit mixes, blame chinchillas and the weather.
"Angry bunny photo, copyright Barb Carlson"
according to Chris Lewis:
But it's important to remember, that even the most pessimistic statistics on ferrets show that a ferret is about a thousand times *less* likely to cause injury than a dog. Indeed, every year there are hundreds of very serious or fatal dog attacks in the US alone. Worst case statistics show approximately 12 ferret attacks ever recorded in the US.
that's the ticket!
california mauling map