Pygmy goats in the city of Seattle can celebrate. They are now legally recognized as pets.
On Monday, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to reclassify the goats, also known as dwarf or miniature goats, as small animals rather than farm animals, and that the goats can be kept as pets.
“One small step for man, one giant step for goatkind,” said council member Richard Conlin, who sponsored the measure.
People who want to keep goats will have to license them like a dog or cat and get them dehorned. Male goats will also need to be neutered. Goats will not be allowed in off-leash areas or outside of the owner’s yard. Although there is an exception: the goats can be lent to other owners to graze in their yards.
The measure was suggested to Conlin by Jennie Grant, president of the Goat Justice League, which she says has 100 members. She asked the council to change their law after a neighbor complained about potential health risks with the goats.
Grant said her two goats, Brownie and Snowflake, “are happy, they have each other, they have enough space to do the things goats like to do. Every day they harvest blackberry bushes. Every day Snowflake gives a half gallon of delicious milk. I make cheese and I bring it to the neighbors.”
After doing some research, Conlin found the health risks were low and he proposed the new law. He said that goats can provide milk and serve as “another link to the reality of where food comes from.”
Another council member said the city can do more. He added: “Why stop there? Why not sheep, llamas … ? I think there is an argument that there are greater heights to be achieved with urban sustainability.”
Source: Seattle Times
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