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There is a odd kind of Pet shop near my house

Ok so I was walking home from the supermarket when i spotted a sign reading ‘Foxes for sale’ with an arrow pointing towards a shop, curiousty got the best of me and i went inside to find the weridst Pet store ever. They had normal pets like Bunnies, Guniea pigs, Parrots and Rats but they also had Meerkats, Monkeys, Skunks, Hedgehogs, Tanukis and Various species of Foxes. And that’s when i found this little vixen…



It has come to my attention that, regrettably, there are certain exotic animal owners who knowingly and willfully try to hide the law and will attack those who share it openly online because they believe that knowledge of the law puts their “community” at risk of being busted.

Well I’ve never been a big fan of online bullies, much less online bullies who try to hide laws. So I’m gonna go ahead and remind all 8,100 of my beloved followers that the rabies vaccine in the USA is proven to work on domestic dogs and cats in clinical trials only. This means if you have an exotic like a raccoon, a fox, or a wolf or wolf hybrid and it bites someone, it can be forcibly removed from your care and destroyed so its head can be sectioned to test for rabies.

The rabies vaccine offers these animals NO legal protection even if it does actually prevent rabies, because the government does not recognize the vaccines efficacy on a legal level. This is the sad truth of the law. It isn’t scientific but it’s there.

This information is important to anyone ever considering adopting, fostering or even temporarily caring for an exotic mammal. Why certain people in these circles wish to keep such potentially fatal information hidden is beyond me.

So, again, I reiterate (just to make them mad) that the rabies vaccine offers no legal protection to an exotic such as a fox, raccoon, wolf or wolfdog if it bites someone. (Wolfdogs are occasionally treated like domestic dogs but dont count on it!)

Lack of knowledge of rabies control law can lead to tragedy for anyone responsible for exotics.

It has come to my attention that, regrettably, there are certain exotic animal owners who knowingly and willfully try to hide the law and will attack those who share it openly online because they believe that knowledge of the law puts their “community” at risk of being busted.

Well I’ve never been a big fan of online bullies, much less online bullies who try to hide laws. So I’m gonna go ahead and remind all 8,100 of my beloved followers that the rabies vaccine in the USA is proven to work on domestic dogs and cats in clinical trials only. This means if you have an exotic like a raccoon, a fox, or a wolf or wolf hybrid and it bites someone, it can be forcibly removed from your care and destroyed so its head can be sectioned to test for rabies.

The rabies vaccine offers these animals NO legal protection even if it does actually prevent rabies, because the government does not recognize the vaccines efficacy on a legal level. This is the sad truth of the law. It isn’t scientific but it’s there.

This information is important to anyone ever considering adopting, fostering or even temporarily caring for an exotic mammal. Why certain people in these circles wish to keep such potentially fatal information hidden is beyond me.

So, again, I reiterate (just to make them mad) that the rabies vaccine offers no legal protection to an exotic such as a fox, raccoon, wolf or wolfdog if it bites someone. (Wolfdogs are occasionally treated like domestic dogs but dont count on it!)

Lack of knowledge of rabies control law can lead to tragedy for anyone responsible for exotics.

Tigers are not pets

Servals are not pets

Foxes are not pets

Otters are not pets


I’m so annoyed whenever i see an exotic or wild animal in a collar and all the comments are about how much people want one. The exotic pet trade is devastating to natural populations and on individual lives of animals who are NOT DOMESTICATED and are not meant to be around humans. They are aggressive, they have scent glands! They should be free in the wild! So many cats, dogs, birds, rodents, and reptiles are already struggling to find homes! Please adopt a domestic animal that desperately needs  home with a human rather than contributing to the poaching kidnapping and breeding of endangered species. It’s possible to appreciate something without owning it, take the money you would give to an exotic animal dealer and give it to a nature reserve instead!

sheepjew  asked:

your comment about the ecological effects of the exotic pet industry taught me a lot, thank you. however, I have been under the impression that most pet red foxes come from fur farms/lines from fur farms (as opposed to being taken from the wild) so does that still have the same impact as these other species that you were discussing? especially if we're talking about the US because red foxes already live in most of the US

First off, I’ll say ‘exotic pets’ exist on a sliding scale of harmfullness from encouraging the poaching of sensitive animals that don’t do well in captivity and are of conservation concern, to collecting a few carpenter ants from the yard and putting them in a mason jar. That is to say, some things are worse than others. I’d put ‘pet foxes’ somewhere in the middle. 

You’re right that many of the pet red foxes people buy for a few hundred dollars are descended from fur farm lines, but I suspect you might be conflating them with the famous “domesticated”* foxes. Make no mistake, the VAST majority of ‘pet’ foxes are merely tame, and are genetically 100% wild animals. You can tell this pretty easily, because actual “domesticated” foxes run thousands of dollars, from $3500-$9000. Fur farm foxes are pretty much the same stock as the wild ones. The “domesticated” foxes are frequently born with piebald coats, or funky patterns that make them unpredictable, if not undesirable fur animals (many of them are still sold to fur farms though).

But the simple fact remains that no matter where you get it, foxes make terrible pets. They can be unpredictable, with many behaviors that are extremely difficult to train out of them (pissing everywhere for one). Also, foxes smell terrible. Their waste smells terrible as well. This is true for most predators, and it’s one way you can tell if one has been around if you ever go in the woods. And I say this as someone with two dogs in a one-bedroom apartment, the younger of which is committed to pissing everywhere it possibly can for (seemingly) its own amusement. 

Here’s a short article on the subject: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/domesticated-foxes-genetically-fascinating-terrible-pets/

*I put domesticated in quotes because I have my doubts about some of the claims made about those animals. I read one account of that said a litter of those domesticated foxes could grow up without human contact until late adolescence/adulthood, and when introduced to people still eagerly seek out human contact. I call bullshit on that. A litter of feral dogs that grow up wild will at best be extremely wary of people, if not outright vicious. And that’s domestic dogs! The first domesticated animal! No creature on earth loves people more than dogs, and even they need to be socialized as youngsters to make suitable pets!

Things I have learned while handling foxes over the past two-ish years:

- MUST be included in everything. NO EXCEPTIONS.
- “I scream, therefore I am.”
- phones, bras, panties, and glasses are A+ nomming material
- N I B B L E S
- beards are for chewing on
- Spiteful Pooping™
- “idek what the heck this is but it’s going in my mouth”
- *wants petted* but also *Anger™ if touched*
- Sharing = It’s mine but I’ll let you look at it from ten feet away (pls no touch)
- POUNCING!!!
- I want belly rubs for exactly 3.455151 seconds. No more, no less.
- “Goodbye, Auntie Nicole. I’m digging a hole to China(?) now.” *tries to dig a hole on solid floor*
- ultra smart but also incredibly dumb
- Winter Fluff God© vs. Weird Summertime Screech Rat
- Yes, I did destroy the door/floor/thing/etc. No, I am not sorry.
- DO NOT DISTURB IF SLEEP