Is It Legal To Own 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.
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 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 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. These pets are normally seized and then euthanized mainly because they’re not either can’t survive in the wild or suitable for release. Some of these unfortunate animals might even 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.
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. 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. It only reflects poorly to all of us whenever a member of exotic pet community has broken the law, which results 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.
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