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.
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. It is really devastating to deal with the consequences of such action.
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. Oftentimes, the end result for illegal animals that are in question aren’t 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. Some of these unfortunate animals might even 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. 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 can serve a twofold purpose as it prevents the risk of rabies exposure and protects wild population.
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 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. It only reflects poorly to all of us whenever a member of exotic pet community has broken the law, which results 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.