Lobbyists Seek to Legalize Ferrets as Pets in California

Vladimir Negron
Jan 20, 2011
1 min read
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With a new governor and a $25 billion deficit, California may want to consider a rather unlikely form of revenue: ferret sales. Ferret legalization supporters argue that the cost of banning the small pet is an undue burden on the state budget.

California first prohibited ownership and transportation of the ferret in 1933 and is now the only state in the continental U.S. where it is outlawed. Despite this, some pet industry experts estimate one quarter of ferret supplies sold in the country come from California.

State lawmakers maintain that legalizing the ferret presents environmental and safety concerns. What say you?

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