Goat farmers in Weingarten accused of cruelty to animals

This summer, the lull in the poetic allotment on the slope of the Sontheimer in Weingarten is over. Another Billy goat has been living in a park for the past six months – and loves to complain.

The neighbor thinks he is doing it because he is not well taken care of. The Animal Protection Association even calls for a ban on keeping the animals due to the conditions, but the Veterinary Office gives all the clarity. The goat farmer has an explanation, too.

The police caught the goats again

The two goats live in an area of ​​about 40 square meters at the lowest end of a spacious hillside garden. Corrugated iron, clapboard, curved fence, large metal mesh and other materials are designed to prevent goats from escaping. But the newcomer, the black goat, actually managed to escape last March. Police officers caught him again.

A small air-blown hut provides goats with shelter from the sun or rain. Next to it is a bucket. Some water shining through. Branches protrude into the stable.

The tenant of the neighboring park complains that hardly anyone takes care of the goats. He and his wife had been renting the park from Weingarten for more than 30 years. “I haven’t seen anyone feed the animals in the past few years. I haven’t seen anyone from the vet office examine the animals,” he says, pointing to the fence of his property.

The temporary construction of a goat pen in Weingarten has sparked controversy. (Photo: Leah Dillman)
    The temporary construction of a goat pen in Weingarten has sparked controversy.
Goats live on an area of ​​about 40 square metres. All they have left to climb is a chest. (photo: private)

“The animals don’t bother me, they bother me how they are kept. The owner is also useless,” the neighbor continued.

Why does the owner keep his goats there in the first place? In an interview with “Schwäbische Zeitung”, the owner and his wife explained: the smaller goats, the gray pygmy goats, have been living in their garden, which they rented from a private individual, for about 14 years. She should be allowed to live there in peace until her death.

    She's been living here for about 14 years: pygmy gray goats.
She’s been living here for about 14 years: pygmy gray goats. (Photo: Leah Dillman)

In fact, there shouldn’t be a second goat

The second goat was purchased only at the request of the Ravensburg Veterinary Office. The brother of the dwarf goat died well two years ago. As a result, they didn’t want to buy a second goat and let the rest run out. But since the pygmy goats did not die instantly, the black goats were supposed to accompany them, as described.

The owner admits that he cannot take care of his goats entirely by himself at the moment. But his father keeps checking. “He takes care of her. They get water, concentrates and vegetables every day.

    In fact, the garden would be large enough for a wide canopy of goats.  But the construction of the fence will then be much more difficult,
The garden will be large enough for a large goat fence. But the owner says the wall would then be much more difficult. (Photo: Leah Dillman)

When asked why he did not give the goats more space in his large garden, the owner replied: It is not easy to build a barn from which the goats do not run away. So it is now a small piece. “But that’s for sure,” he says.

Edeltraud Fürst of Weingarten “Citizens of Animal Welfare of Upper Swabia” knows goat farms. She has been dealing with him since 2014. The man has been noted in the past for not keeping animals in a species-appropriate manner. “Usually, you would have had to issue a ban on animal husbandry afterwards,” she says.

In the case of the goats, Forrest sees a clear violation of German animal welfare law. Both Fürst and the neighboring tenant repeatedly reported the goats’ condition to the Ravensburg Veterinary Office.

Banig goats now live in Tetnang

Banig goats now live in Tetnang Plus

Veterinary Office: No serious shortage

The goats were visited several times without warning by the veterinary office. “We’ve been there three times this year alone,” says Peter Reithmer, deputy chief of the District Veterinary Office.

During his visits, the official veterinarian Rethmer could not find any defects: “The nutritional condition is good, the coat and hooves are fine. This speaks of a good supply of water and fodder.” In order to be able to assess this, he climbed from the path to the fence. So he had a good view of the goats.

    The goat coop is located on a path that runs through the allotment area.  Plenty of pedestrians will be looking for it too
The goat coop is located on a path that runs through the allotment area. That’s how many pedestrians realize that. (Photo: Leah Dillman)
    The neighbor demands a better attitude: the goat's water bucket is not always filled with fresh water.
The neighbor demands a better attitude: the goat’s water bucket is not always filled with fresh water. (photo: private)

If the goats are doing so well, why does the younger guy keep complaining? Reithmeier explains it this way: If an animal is fed by a walker after repeated complaints, the animal will do so again. He understood that the noise disturbed the neighbors. However, the city is responsible for this and not the vet office.

The stable provides enough space for the goats. The Veterinary Office adheres to legal requirements. The Council of Europe recommends 1.5 square meters of stable area for dairy goats, which on average will be larger than the two Weingarten goats.

From a purely legal point of view, a goat owner could “certainly keep twenty goats in his enclosure if he wanted to,” explains Reithmeyer. “The minimum requirements for keeping animals are very vigil.” The veterinary office was able to identify the deficiency. Structurally, the hangar does not yet meet all specifications. The fence should be more secure.

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