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Goats exiled from Detroit head for early slaughter

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DETROIT (AP) — Owners of 18 goats that were evicted from abandoned lots in a Detroit neighborhood plan to slaughter them earlier now that their plan to fatten them on uncut weeds and grass has fallen through.

The goats arrived in the Brightmoor neighborhood June 6 from Idyll Farms in Northport at the tip of northern lower Michigan's Leelanau Peninsula. They were removed June 7 at Detroit animal control officials' order.

Now, the goats will be butchered earlier rather than later, Idyll Farms told MLive.com for a report Sunday (http://bit.ly/1kDWVN2 ).

"The goats are currently grazing somewhere else, and will be gradually processed," the farm said in an email. "They cannot return to Idyll Farms because the goats there are in a closed herd and the herders never introduce animals from the outside (or even back into) the herd."

Current zoning laws don't allow livestock operations in Detroit, but the west side neighborhood is within a proposed urban farming zone in the Detroit Future City Project.

Before bringing the goats to Brightmoor, Idyll Farms published a brochure describing its plans.

"We hope to demonstrate, through our pastured goats in Detroit, that urban farming is a feasible and constructive way to further support and engage the community," it said. "Idyll Farms Detroit expects to ace as a vegetative cleaning crew, help provide jobs, clean the neighborhood and help a community bond around a mascot known for survival and resilience."

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Information from: The Grand Rapids Press:MLive.com, http://www.mlive.com

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