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The costs of regulation

Since 2016, the herd of a dozen Bagot “mobile lawnmower” goats has been brought to the cliffs at Cromer, close to the pier and looking out over the North Sea, to graze the scrub and vegetation through the summer months.

But North Norfolk district council has called time on the popular but ageing herd because of the cost of their welfare and veterinary checks.

Goats, no really, goats being regulated out of existence:

The council said there were now greater regulatory requirements for animal housing, which would potentially require the local authority to construct new shelters and more extensive fencing at both the cliffside and winter locations. That would require significant investment.

We really do need a cull of the bureaucracy, don’t we?

10 thoughts on “The costs of regulation”

  1. What do wild goats do in areas like Nepal and that?
    Do they build little goat houses for themselves?

    Or, with fur, are they not as affected by the weather and the ‘elf n saftee bunch have run out of human stuff to moan about and have moved on to animals now…

  2. A few years ago, sheep entered my garden from a neighbouring field. The farmer was largely unmoved by the event and seemed to think that I ought to be tolerant of the inconvenience and bear the cost of keeping his livestock out of my garden.

    It was long established Common Law that the keeper of livestock is responsible for preventing escapes and damage to property of neighbours. Quite recently an Act brought the Common Law position into Statute Law. The Act makes it explicit that keepers may not rely on neighbours fences. They must provide adequate fencing of their own.

    So I took the farmer to small claims court and recovered the cost of replacing my damaged fence and other damage on my property. I could not claim for the shit that his animals left. He made no effort to clean up.

    The council is acting properly if it has decided that the cost of adequately confining the goats exceeds the benefit that they deliver. Nothing to do with over zealous bureaucrats or regulation run wild. It is deeply rooted in Common Law.

  3. Why don’t the council just rescind ownership of the goats, say they’re rewilding or some shit.
    Then just let the goats run free. Problem solved.

  4. I could not claim for the shit that his animals left.

    Of course not, It’s valuable organic manure and saved you the cost of buying fertiliser.

  5. Sounds like a business idea, advertise eco friendly, organic, renewable powered etc lawn mowers then turn up and let some goats loose in the garden for the day
    Wasn’t there someone in California advertising renewable powered laundry driers that turned out to be a clothes line

  6. BniC

    I usually use the renewable powered laundry driers. But since it’s the rainy season here in Brissy, my electric drier does get used occasionally.

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