What To Know Before Owning A Pet Fox
Just before you make a decision of owning a pet fox, first thing you should know is if such 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.
As for any aspiring exotic pet owner, it can be difficult to figure out whether the pet they seek is legal or not in their local area. 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. For would-be fox owners, it can be really tempting to go under the radar and get an animal without knowledge whether or not it is legal or worse, knowing that it is illegal but insisted on doing so. The consequences of action to be taken is quite devastating.
Depending on the law and species in question, exotic pet owners who find themselves on the other side of law might be facing 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.
It is important to take into account that majority of these laws are implemented for some good reasons. Frequently, its purpose is to provide protection to the environment and vulnerable species. As a matter of fact, some of the states are requiring exotic pets native to their state to be bred in captivity like raccoons, pet foxes and so forth. This helps prevent risk of rabies exposure and protects wild population, allowing it to serve two-fold.
Apart from personal consequences and the impact to the environment as well, breaking the law can have a huge impact on other people who keep exotic pets. Exotic pet owners are usually considered to be a bit nuts by other people.
There’s a tendency for people to consider anyone who is willing to share their home with skunk or pet fox is a tad crazy. When a member of exotic pet community has broken the law, it just reflects poorly to everyone leading 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.