London: Socialite Paris Hilton has thrown her support behind a campaign to overturn a law banning ferrets as pets in California.
The animal-loving heiress was forced to hand over her two ferrets, Dolce and Gabbana, after letting slip in a 2004 TV interview that she owned the creatures, reported Contactmusic.
Domestic ferrets have been illegal in California for 80 years but residents have launched an online campaign to question the regulation.
The 30-year-old socialite has spoken out to voice her support and push for legalisation.
"If they are looked after properly, they really are the sweetest, most lovable creatures," said Hilton, who owns a large collection of pets including dogs and rabbits.
State nature experts said that the 80-year ban was in place to prevent escaped ferrets setting up feral populations and threatening local wildlife. Ferrets are also said to be a danger to small children.