By Claudia T.
Posted: September 30, 2010, 9:40 p.m. EDT
© Claudia T.
Nearly 60 people attended the recent Legalize Ferrets Revival in Concord, Caifornia.
Whenever ferret people get together it is bound to be a great day. Saturday September 25, 2010, was no exception. Almost 60 ferret enthusiasts gathered for the 2010 Legalize Ferrets Revival put together by Pat W. in Concord, California. Because the event was in California, where it is illegal to own ferrets, no live ferrets were invited.
Pat started the event by letting us know that the environmental impact report (EIR) analyzing the effect of ferrets on the environment had been completed. The completed report came with an invoice for an additional $2,000 plus, so Pat said that donations would be happily accepted to help pay for the study.
Jeanne Carley then spoke a little bit about ferret legalization in response to the EIR having been completed.
For an icebreaker and to get everyone laughing and in a good mood, magician Patrick Reid impressed the attendees with several tricks. Then Todd Dayton, an independent filmmaker, explained that he was there to produce a professional video to tell the ferret enthusiast’s side of the ferret legalization story. He conducted mini-interviews to get people’s stories and filmed some of the speakers’ talks.
The first speaker was Melinda T. She has been a fan of ferrets and studied them since 1988. Her talk was titled, “What Every First-Time Ferret Owner Can Expect.” This covered basics like whether to get a male or female, where to get a ferret, habitat options, ferret-proofing the home, introducing the ferret to current pets, and more. And just when we thought we’d heard it all, she discussed poop. She said that ferret owners can look forward to being obsessed with poop, because it tells a lot about an animal’s health. It was a very informative and humorous presentation.
Because the event took place near the state capitol of Sacramento and it’s an election year, Doris Gentry, a candidate running for the State Assembly, gave a talk titled “How a Politician Views the Ferret Issue.” She supports Californians right to own ferrets.
One of my very favorite ferret people is Bob Church. Bob drove all the way from Missouri to be at the Legalize Ferrets Revival. Bob spoke twice. His first talk was titled “Ethology of the Ferret, Mustela Furo.” He explained that ferrets are “asocial, same-sex territorial exclusionists.” Who would have thought? His talk was packed with interesting facts like that.
Next to speak was Jeanne Carley of The Ferret Company. She presented a wonderful slide show of the history of her 18 years creating the Jeanne Carley Ferret Calendar. The photos showcased beautiful, little ferret faces. Jeanne said she always shoots with film because it gives her more freedom. Lighting and props are very important to the work. Sometimes she buys props from catalogs and other times individuals send her items that they think might work well in a ferret picture.
Then Rene Gandolfi, DVM, spoke about “Things You Probably Don’t Know About Ferret Health.” This included topics like vaccinations versus titers, and signs and treatment for adrenal gland disease, a very common ferret ailment.
Finally, Bob Church was on again after we all quickly made cold-cut sandwiches and returned to our seats. Bob could have talked for hours, but he kept it to only two. Bob has spent a lot of time and money in New Zealand studying the feral ferrets. His conclusion was that ferrets can go feral, but they will never do it here. The circumstances in New Zealand will never be duplicated in the United States. There have been no feral populations of ferrets in the United States. It was an informative and fascinating presentation.
Finally, members of the San Gabriel Valley Ferrets Anonymous Chapter put together a raffle basket and gave Bob Church the $150 raised to use in his further study of ferrets.
It was a long day with old and new friends, and lots of information shared on our favorite topic, ferrets.
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