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. At times, it can be straightforward while sometimes, it may be a huge mess of different people at different levels giving conflicting info and mutually exclusive laws. 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. It is really devastating to deal with the consequences of such action.
Exotic pet owners who find themselves on the other side of law may be facing criminal charges, massive fines or worse, jail time depending on the law and species in question. The end result for illegal animals in question are seldom good. Usually, such pets are seized and euthanize as they’re not either can’t survive in the wild or suitable for release. Some of these unfortunate animals might even end 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 state requires 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. Usually, exotic pet owners are deemed to be nuts by other people.
There’s a tendency for many people to think that anyone who is willing to share their house with 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, just for the sake of your pets, the environment, exotic pet community as a whole and you of course, make it a point that you are following all the laws and will only buy animals that are legal to own in your country or state to avoid any problems.