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Goat meat

By Anthony G. Stewart, PhD

Many years ago, my neighbour Inola Chambers gave me a goat to “mind” so that I could start my own goat rearing business. It was a goat loan, and the conditions were that I keep the goat until it produces a female old enough for me to start.

Any male offspring belonged to her and was to be returned with the mother at the appropriate time. The first year, the offspring were all male, but the second year produced a female which I was allowed to keep and is currently on my farm.

Three months ago, I imported a pedigree ram from Philmore Isaacs to improve the stock. The agreed price was waived on condition that I return a female offspring to him at the appropriate time a year or two from now. Recently, the goat was stolen and perhaps sold to a hotel, restaurant, caterer, or private home somewhere in this country.

If you ate goat within the past month originating from Union Island, be a food detective. Determine whether it could have been mine and kindly make restitution.

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The goat loan was a viable method for our communities to have sustainable development without money. Do what you can to aid this process, not to destroy it.

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4 replies on “Did you eat my goat?”

  1. Pedial larceny the penalty for breaking the law is far from being tough enough. Where is the penalty of hard labour? Inmates are housed mat club fed where one looses his virginity due to indecent acts.

  2. Sir, you are not alone. Stealing animals seems to become the order of the day. Listening to what has been happening. New year’s morning we woke and found our flock of five missing. The thieves used the back entrance to my property and walked with all five animals. Four sheep and one goat. The mother sheep heavily with lamb and three others suitable for meat. The goat was acquired in October and recently took ram. It may have been used for meat also. It’s very distressing for others to rare animals, and those who (maybe young and strong) to be beneficiaries. Based on what we are hearing, this seems to become the order of the day. I say no more. 😭

  3. Agreed that the penalties for praedial larceny need to be enforced with tighter monitoring of the source of meat being sold. If it’s a manpower problem then this needs be looked into seriously.

  4. Carlos Richards says:

    This is a real pity! I feel for you Sir. Like a commenter above said, praedial larceny is the order of the day. A number of farmers in Chateaubelair and Fitzhughes will tell you that their animals went missing after they returned the following day to look after them. At times they may be fortunate to get the head of the stolen animal. It’s a horrible situation! Shame on those thieves!

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