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.
It might be difficult to determine whether the pet they seek is legal or not in their area as for any aspiring exotic pet owner. 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 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. The consequences of such action are really devastating.
Exotic pet owners who find themselves on the other side of law may be facing criminal charges, massive fines or worse, jail time depending on the law and species in question. 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. 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. 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 helps prevent risk of rabies exposure and protects wild population, allowing it to serve two-fold.
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.
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. 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, just for the sake of your pets, the environment, exotic pet community as a whole and you of course, make it a point that you are following all the laws and will only buy animals that are legal to own in your country or state to avoid any problems.
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