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.
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. At times, it can be straightforward while sometimes, it may be a huge mess of different people at different levels giving conflicting info and mutually exclusive laws. 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. 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. A few of the unfortunate animals can also end up in animal parks or zoos but most aren’t that lucky.
Most of these laws are created and implemented for good reasons, which is important to be remembered. Providing protection to the environment and vulnerable species is the main purpose of such. 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. Exotic pet owners are usually considered 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. 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.