What To Know Before Owning A Pet Fox
The first thing that you should know before deciding to own a pet fox is if it’s 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.
For aspiring exotic pet owner, it may be hard to determine whether the pet they’re seeking is legal or not in their 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. 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. A few of the unfortunate animals can also end up in animal parks or zoos but most aren’t that lucky.
It is important to remember as well that most of these laws are implemented for 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 helps prevent risk of rabies exposure and protects wild population, allowing it to serve two-fold.
Aside from the personal consequences and impact to the environment, there’s also impact on other people who have exotic pets if one breaks the law. 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. 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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