Smart Ideas: Foxes Revisited

Is It Legal To Own 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.

For aspiring exotic pet owner, it may be hard to determine whether the pet they’re seeking is legal or not in their 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. As for would-be fox owners, it can be so tempting to go under the table and get an animal without having knowledge whether or not it’s legal or worse, knowing that it’s illegal but has insisted to do so. The consequences of action to be taken is quite 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. The end result for the illegal animals in question are not good oftentimes. Such pets are usually seized and euthanize since 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 remember as well that most of these laws are implemented for good reasons. Providing protection to the environment and vulnerable species is the main purpose of such. Some state requires 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.

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 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. 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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