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.
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. 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. It is really devastating to deal with the consequences of such action.
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 illegal animals in question are seldom good. Such pets are usually seized and euthanize since 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.
It is important to remember as well that most of these laws are implemented for good reasons. Its purpose is to provide protection to the environment and vulnerable species. Some states are requiring exotic pets native to their state to be bred in captivity like raccoons, pet foxes and so forth. This serves a twofold purpose because this helps in preventing 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. 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. 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, 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.