Ash wrote:Chicago bans wild animals as pets
In terms of wild animals being illegal in Chicago, I could easily make the argument that it was hand raised and not wild. Illinois law (especially Chicago) is full of loopholes. I've found the permit that is legally required to own a raccoon in Illinois. The required permit is called the Furbearing Mammal Breeder
permit (even if breeding is not the intent of owning the animal), which is just a yearly fee of $25.50. In addition to this, I intend to register the animal as an Emotional Support Animal. Breed/species ordinances do not apply to emotional support animals according to the FHEO Notice: FHEO-2013-01 (Federal Law in US).
Ash wrote:Also, please be over 18 before you buy any exotic pet. If you are under 18, I guarantee your parents will 9/10 be unhappy with the animal except if they are pushing for it to (and by pushing for it, I mean they would get one whether your wanted one or not).
By the time that I plan on getting the animal, it will be a couple months past my 18th (December birthday in senior year of high-school). In addition, my parents are already on board with the idea of me getting a raccoon.
TamanduaGirl wrote:And it's cruel to crate a raccoon like you would a dog or something.
As for leaving the raccoon alone in the apartment or crating it, I don't intend to do either. I've done a good bit of research on emotional support animals, and as long as it doesn't have a history of attacking anyone unprovoked, any animal can be registered to go anywhere.
TamanduaGirl wrote:Anyone giving the vaccine to a pet raccoon would be breaking the law.
I've read through the article provided, and although I agree that you are correct in saying that it is not FDA approved for vaccination in raccoons, I found nothing in the article mentioning regulation of Raboral. I understand that the company policy is to only sell their product to officials who work to ensure public health, but I feel that I could make a strong case to such officials that a pet raccoon would come into far more contact with people than a wild raccoon, making it far more important to vaccinate it than it would be to vaccinate a wild raccoon. From what I've read, public health officials wouldn't be breaking any laws by giving the vaccine bait to a pet raccoon.
pat wrote:Please make sure you have done a lot of research on raccoons, and have a very clear understanding of their behavior.
They can make nice pets, but, again, as long as the owner understands their proper needs and handling them.
I have researched their behavior and care on many websites and I also have experience with animals through a selective volunteer program at the zoo near where I live. I've been told by many sources that I'm surprisingly good at handling and working with animals. As for learning about raccoon specific behavior, I'm looking into contacting someone who owned raccoons themselves who lives in the same town that I do so that I can get advice from someone who personally has experience on the topic.
FrayWolf wrote:I just wanted to pop in and say I'm in love with your username
Thanks! It's actually kind of old, and the reason that it has two Ts in it is because the original account I named Sparttan117 I had to tweak the name on because Spartan with one T was already taken
Non response info:
According to https://www.animallaw.info/article/faqs ... animals#s4
, “‘[w]hile dogs are the most common type of assistance animal, other animals can also be assistance animals.’ (FHEO Notice: FHEO-2013-01 at page 2). Again, the assistance animal will undergo an individualized assessment to determine whether the assistance animal in question poses a direct threat to the health and safety of others.”
In addition, “A housing provider may only determine if the specific assistance animal in question poses a direct threat to the health and safety of others. This determination of a ‘direct threat’ must be based on ‘individualized assessment that relies on objective evidence about the specific animal's actual conduct.’ (FHEO Notice: FHEO-2013-01 at page 3).” With regards to the individual assessment, for a denial of housing, the burden of proof would be on the accuser. A landlord would have to dig up some sort of proof from an animal's personal history to deny housing.
TL;DR for the non response stuff, if I get a raccoon registered as an emotional support animal, it cannot legally be regarded as a raccoon and would legally have to be regarded as a support animal.