Hillsboro’s Mini Goat Dilemma

I’m from Hillsboro Oregon and it’s often that events that happen there make national news, let alone an article in the Oregonian. That’s why I was extremely surprised to see an article that was partially about a law being passed in Hillsboro on the USA Today website! Unfortunately, this article wasn’t quite the hard news piece that I hoped for. Hillsboro, Oregon made it onto the websites for trying to pass a law… on miniature goats.

The law would permit goats and chickens to be added to the list of acceptable pets for citizens in Hillsboro. Portland, I learned already allows miniature goats to be kept as pets. Not that shocking I suppose.

Some of the concerns with miniature goats being added to the list of acceptable pets is that people will get tired of them quickly and it will turn into a fad similar to when people kept Vietnamese potbellied pigs as pets. This trend is sweeping the nations and the article also mentions a family that can now keep goats as pets in North Carolina.

At the top of the article is a photo of a girl from Portland with her pet goat. Her advice to other goat owners was to build a shelter for them because goats don’t like rain. Also, if you’re looking for a Pygmy goat, you can purchase one in California ranging from $275-$500.

The article was brief with a couple links to other animal related articles and a link in the article for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. It was a bit of a fluff piece; I didn’t much care about the fates of Fred and Barney, the two goats from North Carolina. However, the article was entertaining and I know that people like to take a break from serious news stories every once in a while and just hear about things like miniature goats.

I’m not sure whether I agree with miniature goats becoming pets or not, but the article definitely generated a plethora of reader comments. A concerned reader asked, “Who’s going to clean the sidewalks off from all the goat poop?”

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