Urbanites Make the Case for Goats as Pets

The don't bite. They don't need much space. They follow kids around like a dog. We're talking about miniature goats. Planning commissions across the country are being asked to moved the hooved animals into the "pet" category.
March 9, 2010, 12pm PST | Cathy Duchamp
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Move aside, backyard chickens. Pygmy goats are becoming more popular in urban areas, and not just because they eat weeds. Seattle and Portland allow them, and now other cities are being asked to follow suit, including Carbondale Illinois.

Priscilla Pimentel, a member of Carbondale's Sustainability Commission, told Judy Keen of USA Today "if you can have a 250-pound dog in town, why not a miniature goat that can produce milk?" she says. "It's just common sense."

PETA is leery of the urban goat trend. Remember what happened with all those pot-bellied pigs..

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Published on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 in USA Today
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