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.
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. As for would-be fox owners, it can be so tempting to go under the table and get an animal without having knowledge whether or not it’s legal or worse, knowing that it’s illegal but has insisted to do so. The consequences of such action are really 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. 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 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. Some 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.
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. 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, 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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