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Also in the news recently, the Seattle City Council is considering whether to allow the licensing of pygmy goats as pets. While I'm in favor of the measure -- the more cute ungulates the merrier, I say -- I'm a little puzzled by Councilmember Richard Conlin's explanation for why he wants to legalize minigoats: "They are already a common pet, and they have some sustainability benefits in that you can grow your own milk and cheese."

I think "sustainability benefits" is Conlin's way of saying that it's more efficient for city-dwellers to make their own cheese than to buy it at a supermarket. This seems unlikely to me, unless you assume that city-dwellers' time and labor have no cost.

But, hey, that's a digression from the real issue:

minigoat

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sdn
Sep. 6th, 2007 06:26 pm (UTC)
i have always wanted a miniature horse, myself.
matt_ruff
Sep. 6th, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC)
Tegan Tegani over at Queen Anne Books was saying yesterday how she'd really like a miniature sheep -- "But they don't make those yet."
sdn
Sep. 6th, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC)
actually, they do.
matt_ruff
Sep. 6th, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, awesome.
martianmooncrab
Sep. 6th, 2007 06:48 pm (UTC)
The newest must have lawn maintenance item. And mobile garbage disposal.
pickwick
Sep. 6th, 2007 07:26 pm (UTC)
GROW your own milk and cheese? I have bizarre images in my head.

Also, I require a miniature llama.
matt_ruff
Sep. 6th, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
If you haven't already, follow Sharyn's link -- they've got those too.
pickwick
Sep. 6th, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I saw them - doubt they'd ship to Scotland, though. I'll just have to emigrate.
morbid_o
Sep. 6th, 2007 08:01 pm (UTC)
My brain can't get past the idea of a lifetime supply of home-made paneer.

At least, the recipe is simple, and I don't see why goat milk would cause problems. They say that fresh milk might also help with some health problems (psoriasis for me).
celestialweasel
Sep. 6th, 2007 09:47 pm (UTC)
Hmm. You only get milk if you have kids. A factoid which may or may not be true is that when you go to Indian restaurants in the UK and have the 'meat' curry (typically there is beef, chicken, lamb, prawn, 'meat', vegetable), the 'meat' is often goat because people want goat's milk but not goat meat and, of course, something has to be done with the goats.
catrambo
Sep. 6th, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC)
You could make TEENY TINY goat cheeses! I am enchanted by the idea!
beeeej
Sep. 8th, 2007 10:19 am (UTC)
Happy birthday!
matt_ruff
Sep. 8th, 2007 02:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks for remembering!
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