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. It can be straightforward at times while it can 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. The consequences of action to be taken is quite devastating.
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. The end result for the illegal animals in question are not good oftentimes. 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.
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. 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 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. 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 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.