I’m Pro Goat – Update on the Great Visalia Goat Battle of 2015!

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I have been SO SO SO SO SO BUSY! You guys have no idea. So I’m going to give everyone a quick rundown and then I have to dash:
The local paper – The Visalia Times Delta – featured our story on the FRONT PAGE of the paper. You can read the article BY CLICKING HERE.
Since the article came out, between digital and physical signatures, we are up to over 1000 signatures on our petition in just SIX DAYS!
The Vice Mayor of the city agreed to come out and meet my goats mid-week, but then said he was busy till the weekend (after I have to have them off of our property.. grrrr!!) I’m still extending the invitation for the mayor and vice mayor and council members to come out and see the goats living conditions, the compost bin (and marvel at how there are no flies, and how it does NOT stink!) and so on, but so far none of them has taken me up on the offer.
It looks like we’re going to have a strong presence at the City Council meeting on Monday! Lots of folks are digging in and getting involved, and me, my husband and my new local friend Sara had a blast handing out “I’m Pro Goat” stickers to people at our local Farmers Market. Now I’m daydreaming up new goat slogans… “Goats Are Not A Crime”? “Year of the Goat 2015”? Haha!
ALSO! I have heard through the grapevine that there WILL be opposition speaking out at the meeting on Monday, so overall it should be a lively event! *insert Michael Jackson eating popcorn meme here*
I am feeling extremely confident that the council will agree to at least consider goats in the city and put it on the next months agenda. It would be the height of hypocrisy and abuse of leadership positions to vote otherwise, when the whole community is coming out in support and demanding it be fairly reviewed.
Getting it on next meetings agenda is step one. Once that goes through, then the REAL fight is on! (And boy do I have some wicked fun campaign ideas to launch in the community!)
There’s so much more to share, and so many funny little connections – for instance, the newspaper reporter who wrote the article above lives on my street and had never once heard the goats or knew they lived down the road. Also one of the gals helping me petition actually lives behind my house and we never realized it till just now.. and so on and so on.. small city, eh?!
Anyhoo, I’m off to contact cities that have legalized city goats to get some information and stats to share with the council.. wish me luck! There’s tons to do, and less time to do it in! <3

If you haven’t yet, consider signing the petition BY CLICKING HERE!

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Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls.

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Gingi Freeman

Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls. Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at gingifreeman@gmail.com or via the contact form on her website at www.domesticgeekgirl.com

54 thoughts on “I’m Pro Goat – Update on the Great Visalia Goat Battle of 2015!

  • 1 May, 2015 at 6:08 pm
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    Gingi, I wish you luck… I hope they listen. I’d sign your petition but I’m in Canada and I don’t think i’ll help… BUT, I will share it all over my social media ♡

    • 1 May, 2015 at 8:30 pm
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      The petition on change.org will tally the signatures by city, but all the others are just to show community support! Especially in the comments!

      • 1 May, 2015 at 9:53 pm
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        I signed it Gingi and left a comment too ♡ … Good Luck 😉

  • 1 May, 2015 at 6:25 pm
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    Great article! I really hope you win this Gingi. I’d sign the petition, but don’t you have to live in the city for it to count?

    • 1 May, 2015 at 8:31 pm
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      Like I told Launna, the petition on change.org will tally the signatures by city, but all the others are just to show community support! Especially in the comments, I plan on printing ALL of those out, haha..

  • 1 May, 2015 at 6:31 pm
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    This is so exciting that you are actually doing something positive within your community. I wish I lived out there to help fight with you on this one!

  • 1 May, 2015 at 8:23 pm
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    Just signed the petition! You go Gingi! I was telling the hubs last night that I was wondering what was happening with the great goat battle and here is your post, thanks for keeping us all updated. Good luck!!

    • 1 May, 2015 at 8:32 pm
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      Yeah, I’ll be one busy lady till this all blows over, haha… I’m on the war path!!!

  • 1 May, 2015 at 9:21 pm
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    Yay! I’m so happy for you all! I’m still going to continue sending you best wishes and hope for a great outcome. That’s crazy about the girl who lives behind you. Has she ever heard your goats? Again, best wishes!

    Connie | Sponsored by Coffee | Bloglovin’

    • 2 May, 2015 at 3:43 pm
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      I’m of the opinion she only discovered them recently, when climbing up on her fence and looking past the neighbors fence.. she’s not even a direct neighbor, she lives diagonally behind me. She’s one of those busybody, nose in everyones business types…

  • 1 May, 2015 at 9:46 pm
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    Gingi – yes, you must be SO SO busy but do wish you all the very best in your pursuit of a satisfactory outcome.

    Thinking of you, and look forward to hearing more.

    All the best Jan

    All the best Jan

  • 1 May, 2015 at 10:18 pm
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    Wow, I can imagine there is so much to do! I wish you so much luck! I live in Austin, Texas…and I think that there are laws here that allow for farm animals such as goats. We have quite few urban farms. I have even heard that the Austin Parks Department uses goats to clear the city parks because of its sustainability. Maybe looking at their laws would help too. 🙂

    • 2 May, 2015 at 3:44 pm
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      Yeah, I’m studying ordinances around the nation to find precedence.. thanks for the tip my friend! <3

  • 2 May, 2015 at 1:44 am
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    That’s lousy that you are being told to get rid of your pals. I just signed your petition and I will be thinking of you on Monday! I really hope you win the battle! I will also share your article! Good luck momma!

    • 2 May, 2015 at 3:44 pm
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      Thank you Angela!!! <3

  • 2 May, 2015 at 2:41 pm
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    Good luck with the goat, I hope it goes well for you!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

  • 2 May, 2015 at 2:51 pm
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    Hi Gingi!! Long time! Looks like I have a lot of catching up to do. But first, I’ll begin with this recent post.

    I read both the article (Congratulations! I say this definitely helped so much to get the word out about the issue and petition) and the petition page. I will sign that one shortly, even though it might not help a LOT because I’m on the other side of the other.. but nevertheless the number will add so it still helps even a bit.

    I wish you the best of luck and success in getting this pushed through! I personally don’t see a problem about these goats because they aren’t causing anyone any harm, or even noise. You also take very well of them, and not causing any damage to people’s property. They’ve become not only an integral part of the family, but also they help out BIG time in raising the children.

    Surprised you use their milk for the kids, too. It must’ve been mentioned a few posts back and I missed it. My bad.

    “For the Freeman family, it means the loss of a provider.” This made me 🙁 ..

    • 2 May, 2015 at 3:45 pm
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      Thank you so much for signing! Community support puts pressure on, even if it doesn’t “count” for the city!! Thank you! <3

  • 2 May, 2015 at 8:36 pm
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    Good luck! It’s wonderful the way people are coming together to support you 🙂

    • 7 May, 2015 at 7:43 pm
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      Yes, I am feeling very blessed!

  • 2 May, 2015 at 9:15 pm
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    Your goats seem like they’re super sweet and such an integral part of your life. Best of luck on Monday! If I get a chance, I’ll do a sketch of a goat and a post about your goats tomorrow on my blog and facebook page.

  • 3 May, 2015 at 12:03 am
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    I hope you found a great TEMPORARY home for your goats until you get the council to approve your petition to keep the goats!!!

  • 3 May, 2015 at 3:18 am
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    Excited and nervous for you all at once!! Hoping all goes great and you get your goast back!!

    • 7 May, 2015 at 7:44 pm
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      You and me both!

  • 3 May, 2015 at 6:00 pm
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    i mean, seriously, wht would happen if people got goat as a pets, nope, nothing damageding i think…

    • 7 May, 2015 at 7:44 pm
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      Right/!?!

  • 3 May, 2015 at 8:09 pm
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    I’m so happy for you! I hope it goes well.

    Corinne x

    • 7 May, 2015 at 7:44 pm
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      <3

  • 4 May, 2015 at 1:20 pm
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    I’m so sad to hear that they want to ban the goats:( I’ve enjoyed watching and learning about them through your posts. I will certainly have my fingers crossed that this ban gets lifted so you can keep them!!

    • 7 May, 2015 at 7:45 pm
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      I firmly believe thats true!! And yes, I do too!

  • 4 May, 2015 at 3:44 pm
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    I am so so happy for you babe!! Such a noble cause this is!! I too would love to sign the petition, but I am residing in Singapore, and I’m not exactly sure if it would make any kind of a difference? 🙁

  • 4 May, 2015 at 5:48 pm
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    It’s crazy to me that anyone wouldn’t be ok with goats as pets! I’m looking forward to hearing how this fight goes and celebrating when the opposition realizes how silly they are. 😉

    • 7 May, 2015 at 7:45 pm
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      I’m trying!! hehe!

  • 5 May, 2015 at 12:06 am
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    I’m definitely pro-goat here! Anxious to hear how it turns out. Tonight’s the night! Really a silly thing and I hope they realize how wonderful your goats are.

  • 5 May, 2015 at 8:48 am
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    Wow, it is fantastic that there are quite a lot of supporters and you are connecting with a number of them! I had signed the petition and wishing you the best in this “fight”!

    Prudence
    http://www.prudencepetitestyle.com

    • 7 May, 2015 at 7:45 pm
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      <3 <3

  • 5 May, 2015 at 12:40 pm
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    Thanks for the update, glad it’s going well! Wish you all the luck and hope you win <3

    Serene | I Am Serene L

    • 7 May, 2015 at 7:45 pm
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      Thank you my friend!

  • 5 May, 2015 at 6:47 pm
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    Keep pressing forward girl. Keep moving forward. And if there is opposition at the meeting, don’t worry about it. You keep moving forward with what you believe in.

    K / The House of KTS (formerly of Pure & Complex)
    http://www.houseofkts.com

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