In the state of California ferrets are illegal. We are trying to change that but are being ignored.
California ferret lovers have been treated with contempt by the members of the California Fish and Game Commission when we try to claim legal ownership of these domestic animals. We have spoken in front of the bored, sent letters, but are ignored totally.
The last hearing we had about ferret legalization was in 2000. The information that decided the outcome was inaccurate and inadequate. A lot of new research supplies reason for a new hearing.
It is simply not acceptable to treat Californians in this manner. We are supposed to have access over our state government, but instead we endure regulation without representation.
Can we get a lawyer to sue for the hearing we are entitled to?
If the dept is failing to follow its own rules it's possible that a writ of manamus can be filed. You may also want to have a state representative put forth a bill or propose new legislation.
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The State Bar of California can give you a referral to an attorney that deals with animal issues: www.calbar.ca.gov/
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The quickest way to get this in front of a court is to find someone that has been fined or otherwise penalized for having a ferret, and then challenging the conviction.
If you are familiar with ferret issues, however, you should be aware that others have challenged the state over ferret ownership with no change in the laws.
You may be barking (or whatever you call the noise a ferret makes) up a tree.
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