‘Productive’ pets offer real bargain

Reader questions why more people don't keep nutrition-producing animals in Victoria

Chickens, ducks and goats, oh my! (News, Nov. 2)

I was so inspired by this story.

It’s time we in the west started to learn from other more down-to-earth countries.

We have huge pieces of land, sometimes with nothing but an unproductive, high-maintenance lawn, and spend our time with energy intensive machinery to maintain it. Why not have a goat or other useful livestock to take care of it?

After living in six different countries and seeing how easily this can be done, it makes me wonder why we are so far behind in this topic?

There are too many prohibitive bylaws that are out of synch with the ecologically sensitive times in which we live.

Two hens can keep two or three people happy with eggs and as pets. What can a few other unobtrusive, productive pets do?

John Ballard

Saanich