Is It Legal To Own A Pet Fox?
Just before you make a decision of owning a pet fox, first thing you should know is if such 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 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.
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. A few of the unfortunate animals can also end up in animal parks or zoos but most aren’t that lucky.
It is important to take into account that majority of these laws are implemented for some good reasons. Its purpose is to provide protection to the environment and vulnerable species. Some state requires 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 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. 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.