ferrets will not be legalized this time around.
weren't enough confirmed "yes" votes to warrant the scheduling
of a second City Council vote to override the Mayor's veto. We
didn't do too poorly though. We were only about 4 votes short
of what we needed. Considering that this was the first time an
organized group of ferret owners tried to change this law, we
actually did very well. Were it not for Mayor Giuliani and the
Department of Health that he appointed, ferrets would have been
legal by now (but then again, without them ferrets wouldn't have
been made illegal in the first place!). Additionally, if we'd
had just a few more ferret supporters in the districts of people
who voted "no" or "abstained" we also would have won this time
of you who took the time to write and call your Council Members
had a tremendous impact.
made calls to every Council Member and many were swamped with
letters and calls about our bill. Others had lots of mail (which
helped), but unfortunately none of the mail was from people in
their district. It's important to remember that if you got involved,
then YOU didn't lose. YOU were successful. Council Members
who heard from people in their district supported our bill. You
got our bill past the Committee vote, past the Full City Council
vote and your Council Members were ready to vote "yes" again if
there had been an override vote. Your letters and calls did make
a difference and you were successful. The only people who
failed this time around are the people who, -no matter how passionate
they were, and no matter how much they said they wanted ferrets
legalized- did not pick up the phone to call their Council
Member and did not take the time to write a simple letter.
It's that simple. Council Members who received calls and letters
from people in their district voted "yes".
Happens Now? Updated 11/28/01
will try to re-introduce the bill in 2002 once the new members
of the City Council take office. Since Kathryn's term on the City
Council will be up in 2002, we'll need to find a new Council Member
to sponsor the bill. The new bill may take some time (if you check
the dates at the top of this page, you'll see that the first bill
took us over 2 years from start to finish) but we'll be sure to
let you know what's happening as we go along.
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