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 any would-be fox owners, it is quite tempting to go under the radar and push to get an animal without any information whether it is legal or not or to make things worse, knowing that it is 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. Such pets are usually seized and euthanize since 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. Providing protection to the environment and vulnerable species is the main purpose of such. 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 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 often deemed 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. 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 your pets, the environment, exotic pet community as a whole and you of course, be sure to follow all the laws and only buy animals that are legal to own.
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