What To Know Before Owning A Pet Fox
Before deciding to own a pet fox, the very first thing that you have to know is if it is legal in your county, does the state have laws about private ownership of foxes, are there codes implemented by the city health department about domestic skunks and so on.
It might be difficult to determine whether the pet they seek is legal or not in their area as for any aspiring exotic pet owner. Sometimes, things can be a huge mess of different people at different levels giving conflicting info and mutually exclusive laws while at times, it can be straightforward. As for would-be fox owners, it can be so tempting to go under the table and get an animal without having knowledge whether or not it’s legal or worse, knowing that it’s illegal but has insisted to do so. The consequences of action to be taken is quite devastating.
Depending on the species in question as well as law implemented, the exotic pet owners who violate the law can possibly face criminal charges, massive fines or worse, jail time. The end result for illegal animals in question are seldom good. These pets are normally seized and then euthanized mainly because they’re not either can’t survive in the wild or suitable for release. In fact, some unfortunate animals may even wind up in animal parks or zoos but most aren’t that lucky.
Most of these laws are created and implemented for good reasons, which is important to be remembered. Its purpose is to provide protection to the environment and vulnerable species. Some states are requiring exotic pets native to their state to be bred in captivity like raccoons, pet foxes and so forth. This can serve a twofold purpose as it prevents the risk of rabies exposure and protects wild population.
In addition to personal consequences as well as the impact to the environment, breaking the law may have a significant impact on other people who keep exotic pets. Exotic pet owners are usually considered to be a bit nuts by other people.
People have a tendency to consider that anyone who is willing to share their home with a skunk or pet fox is a tad crazy. Whenever a member of exotic pet community has broken the law, it only reflects poorly to all of us, often resulting to stricter and more laws to follow.
So, for the sake of pets, the environment, exotic pet community as a whole and you of course, see to it that you are following all laws and buy animals that are legal to own.