Important Things To Know Before You Get A Fox As A Pet
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.
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. 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. It is really devastating to deal with the consequences of such action.
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. Oftentimes, the end result for illegal animals that are in question aren’t good. Usually, such pets are seized and euthanize as 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 remember as well that most of these laws are implemented for 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 helps prevent risk of rabies exposure and protects wild population, allowing it to serve two-fold.
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.
There’s a tendency for people to consider anyone who is willing to share their home 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.