The goats are vital to their daughter’s nutrition because Gingi Freeman, the mother of the two baby girls, is unable to breastfeed due to a corrective surgery as a teenager.
Gingi was born with a congenital abnormality called tuberous breasts hypoplasia and ended up receiving a partial mastectomy during reconstructive surgery, which removed her milk glands.
With the cost of goat milk being exceptionally prohibitive, and no raw organic goat milk options in the Central Valley, the Freeman family’s goats were more than just pets – they were a source of vital nutrition for their children.
When the goats were taken from the Freemans, the community stepped up and spoke up, demanding the ordinance against small food producing animals be amended and the goats returned. In less than two months an overwhelming majority of the city signed petitions in support of the Freemans, and rallied at City Hall.
Despite the overwhelming community support, three council members voted the ordinance amendment for chickens and miniature goats down. In response, concerned citizens of Visalia have banded together to force the issue on the ballot via a citizens initiative, where the matter will be decided by a vote of the People, despite the obstructionism of a select few city employees disregarding the will of the majority.
This initiative is not just about owning pets. It’s not just about asserting homeowners rights to privacy and property. This is a movement that encompasses food freedom, freedom of self-reliance, and freedom to provide for your children with superior nutrition.
The majority of our population now lives in cities. The notion that city-dwellers should not have the right to produce food on their small piece of land is not only unfair, but dangerous – as it leaves urban residents vulnerable to a multitude of food safety and security concerns.
While many people who live in the city may be content to purchase all of their food from stores, those that opt to pursue greater food independence (whether for financial, health, environmental, or food safety and security reasons) should be allowed to do so. It is a basic human right!
If you would like to help recover the Freeman’s miniature goats and restore individual property and food freedom rights to over 130,000 Visalia residents, please consider making a financial contribution to assist with legal fees, publication fees and office expenses. (Just $50 will buy enough stamps to reach 100 people!)
You can donate at the groups GoFundMe account here: http://www.gofundme.com/tsvseg
And keep updated on the initiative at the I’m Pro Goat website here:www.improgoat.com