Speaking Up For Goats

Once again, Kauffman tries to be cool.


DEAR JOHN METCALFE: I have had pygmy goats for five years now. They are farm animals, and I have no idea why anyone would allow them to live in the city ["Oh Udder, Where Art Thou?" Sept. 12]. Doesn't Seattle have enough problems with all the abused, unwanted, uncared-for pets? How many people will see these cute little goats and want a couple for the children, then the goats will end up in some tiny backyard tied to a tree, and pretty soon the family will lose interest?

Who is going to make sure the goats are being cared for and have proper fencing? Who is going to make sure they are being fed properly and not just used as lawn mowers? Who is going to make sure they have a good, warm place to sleep at night? Are the breeders of these pygmy goats going to follow up on their care? Hell no.

Pygmy goats hate rain and do not go out in it. Their urine stinks, and their stalls need to be kept clean.Yes, they are a lot of fun, but if people don't take the time to get educated properly about their care and their needs, the goats pay and suffer. Sure, this is more sales for pygmy goat breeders, but is that the most important thing? Shouldn't it be what is best for the goats?Marcie Oakley



DEAR EDITOR: Many of the goat supporters in Seattle, including myself, come from a background of raising goats and are quite familiar with their needs and habits. Prospective goat keepers would need to have a proper and safe environment to keep their goats and protect them from dogs and other threats, and keep their living quarters scrupulously clean to prevent smell and disease. I believe that others who want to keep goats in Seattle would do so in an educated manner, and that goat sellers would try to ensure that their animals go to responsible homes. This sort of common sense should apply to the keeping of any pet.Charmaine Slaven



DEAR EDITOR: OK, I reluctantly put up with you folks cheaping out by getting rid of the film listing times. (Yes, I can find them online, but I get the paper to give me a break from that!) But trying to make it seem cool to eat sweet critters such as goats ["Seattle's Hot, Young Red Meat," Sept. 12] is as mean as it gets. Aside from sounding as if he were from hell itself, drooling over a new type of animal's flesh, hasn't your food writer realized that it is also irresponsible to fatten up animals for meat? Eating lower on the food chain does more to stop global warming than buying a hybrid vehicle. Get a life: Don't eat others.Eileen Weintraub



DEAR EDITOR: While I enjoyed John Metcalfe's article on thelegal possibility of having goats in our Seattle backyards (I don't thinkit's a very good idea), I was taken aback by Jonathan Kauffman's food article. Yikes...and double yuk to him! I realize that the Weekly is far from promoting vegetarian food (you should, if you think green!),but to promote these goat kids' meat with such glee is beyond me.

Please "chew" on this, and I hope you choke! Pixie and Trixie told me to tell you that!Claudine Erlandson Shoreline


DEAR EDITOR: The biggest problem with the Croc—aside from Belltown being inundated with yuppies who wouldn't be caught inside unless Dave Matthews was playing—is customer service ["Crocodile Tears," Sept. 19]. I'm a musician who's been on that stage several times, and Jim Anderson is easily the best soundman in the region for a venue of that caliber, and quite possibly one of the most easy-to-get-along-with cats on the planet. However, the bulk of the serving staff has for years acted as if requesting something of them was asking for a body part. It appears as if this is required in getting hired because, while the faces may change, the attitude is consistent.As a fan ofseveral major items on the cafe's menu, and a resident within two blocks of the place, I could eat there every day if it wasn't for the attitude. But I haven'tdone soin over a year now.

As Laura Onstot touched upon in her article, there are a lot of little things working against this otherwise awesome and historic venue, and ifthey remove basic customer service (after all, it is a business), then the only game that can be played is with the booking agents. And as also mentioned, there are too many players in theirparticular level of thatgame for them to afford being shitty."Tom McMichaels"



DEAR EDITOR: You've got to be kidding ["Static Age," Sept. 12]. All the accolades for this second-rate band [Schoolyard Heroes]? Who said they were a "welcome replacement" for +44 at Bumbershoot?? Whoever it was clearly was NOT in the crowd that night! Unless booing constitutes a welcome mat, they weren't welcome. The writer of this article is obviously friends with the band or deaf.Cynthia Hunter



DEAR EDITOR: The Fort Lawton situation ["Battleground," Sept. 12] is a mess that needs to be handled very gently, and "gently" is not a word the Seattle Housing Authority understands at all right now. SHA has been gutted by privatization initiatives. That is why I would give all the land at Fort Lawton to the Native Americans, or else save the properties for the returning combat veterans who so often end up on the streets of our cities, dying slow without help.Lyle Courtsal


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