Sheila and Roger have just sent me a story and accompanying (I assume) jokey image from the internet pages of First News
First News, by the way, is (and I quote) "the award-winning newspaper for KIDS"! Natch!
The animals were spotted in a police cell in Africa when a politician was having a look round.
The politician, Claude Nyamugabo, was on a routine visit to see prisoners in the Democratic Republic of Congo. But he was astonished to find one of the cells packed out with 12 goats. The animals were due to appear in court charged with being sold, against the law, by the side of the road.
Mr Nyamugabo immediately ordered that the goats should be released from prison. He went on to say that the police had “serious gaps” in their knowledge. He ordered them to go for more training.
First News wonders what the goats’ punishment would have been if they had been found guilty. Perhaps they would have been baaaaaanned from grazing for six months.
Still on the subject of goats: while on Kalymnos, I was reminded, yet again, how differently the Greek islanders view animals (which are raised to be killed and eaten) from those of us who live in societies where meat is disguised as pre-packed, shrink-wrapped, pinky stuff that comes from the supermarket.
Consider this little fellow who escaped from the nearby field and who is obviously trying not to read what is on the menu board outside Artistico taverna...
As it happens, that particular goat lived to see another day.
This one, however, got itself into a bit of stew...
Thanks to David for taking the pictures, Sheila (again) for help in writing the Greek for 'goat stew' and to Roger (also again) for allowing us to photograph his dinner!
Images: David Weeks © 2008