There’s a big battle over pygmy goats going on in Visalia, California. Due to the lovely Agenda 21 code enforcers for the International Property Maintenance Code, a family is facing $1000 per goat per day fines for two pygmy goats. Absolutely insane. Here is a quick overview of where things are in this right now:
PAST ACTIONS –
April 25, 2015 – We started the change.org petition to present to the City Council.
April 26, 2015 – We began reaching out to media outlets and getting the story circulating in the community.
May 4, 2015 – We rallied for the miniature goats and presented the petition to the City Council.
May 6, 2015 – We started http://www.improgoat.com to share news and information all in one place.
May 6, 2015 – We opened a GoFundMe to raise funds to offset the costs of outreach and legal fees. (Click here to donate!)
May 11, 2015 – Pro Goat supporters gathered at the City Planner meeting at Visalia City Hall to speak out in favor of food freedom during public comments on the legalization of city chickens.
May 14, 2015 – City Officials met at the Freeman house to view the living conditions of the goats, and to dispel the “goats stink” myth. The next steps were then outlined in moving forward after the inspection.
May 14, 2015 – We submitted the Site Plan Review Application to the City to be discussed at the next City Planner meeting.
UPCOMING ACTIONS –
May 20, 2015 – Meeting with the City Planners to discuss details of the proposed ordinance change.
May 21, 2015 – Signature gathering at the downtown Visalia Farmers Market.
May 23, 2015 – Pro Goat supporters will join the March Against Monsanto in Fresno to stand in solidarity for food freedom!
June 1, 2015 – Pro Goat supporters will join with the Pro Chicken supporters at the Visalia City Council meeting to stand up for food freedom!
ONGOING – We need to raise $3598 in funds to cover the legal fees for the official zoning text amendment to be drawn up. (CLICK HERE to donate!)
TBD – Once funds are raised, we will submit the zoning text amendment to the City Council to be discussed at the next possible meeting.
TBD – The Visalia City Council must hold a public hearing and then vote on the issue. THIS IS THE MAIN EVENT!
What YOU Can Do Now!
SHARE ON SOCIAL MEDIA – Share links and news stories on your newsfeed, with the hashtag #progoat. The City of Visalia is active on social media so your voice WILL be heard, and you’ll help us raise awareness.
WRITE LETTERS TO CITY OFFICIALS – Let our city officials know that you are Pro Goat! You can contact our council members (the decision makers) at:
– Mayor Steven Nelsen; firstname.lastname@example.org
– Vice Mayor E. Warren Gubler; email@example.com
– Council Member Greg Collins; firstname.lastname@example.org
– Council Member Bob Link; email@example.com
– Council Member Amy Shuklian; firstname.lastname@example.org
CALL THE CITY COUNCIL – You can also call the City Council and voice your concerns at 559-713-4512
SHARE WITH THE MEDIA – Never underestimate letters to the editor! Share the story with news outlets, even if they’ve already covered the story. Let them know that it’s a hot topic in Visalia!
DONATE TO HELP COVER LEGAL FEES – When we get to the next stage of legalizing miniature goats in Visalia, we WILL be facing some hefty legal fees (upwards of $2000). We cannot do this without the financial support of the community! CLICK HERE to donate and to help us make this ordinance change a reality!
VOLUNTEER – We are going to be gathering physical signatures in the community, holding street side rallies, manning information booths on campus, attending city council meetings to make our voices heard, and holding MASSIVE rallies at the decision making meetings in Visalia. Stay in touch by following us on Twitter or e-mail Gingi at email@example.com for more information on getting involved!