Justice For Abused And Exploited Goats

A California judge ordered two businessmen to stand trial on animal neglect charges after dozens of their brush-clearing goats were found dead or malnourished on the company’s pasture.


The goats were owned by a family operated grazing company called Goats R Us.  Their website says, “Our livestock are utilized for fuel mitigation and star thistle eradication,” which basically means the goats are released on commercial property and around private homes in order to eat their way through overgrown vegetation – like lawnmowers.


Egon Oyarzun who owns Goats R Us and a company herder Wilfredo Felix were arrested by Oakland police after animal control officers found 10 dead Pygmy goats in a courtyard of an old naval hospital where the company housed its herd.


The animals ranged in age from older adult goats to babies.  All of the goats were in different stages of decomposition, “everything from skeletons to ones that had just recently died,” said Megan Webb, Oakland Animal Services.


Dozens of other goats on the property were malnourished and four goats were sick enough to need immediate veterinary care.  The goats included: Angora, Alpine, Spanish, Boer, Pygmy, La Mancha and Nubian breeds. 


Their abuse ranged from dehydration, malnourishment, parasites, pneumonia and other diseases.


Webb said in court, “The animals are in real poor condition for one reason or another.  We know they weren’t given proper food and water and medical care.  It was obvious they needed it and were neglected.”


Egon Oyarzun explained away his responsibility to the animals by telling the judge that he had entrusted the goats to his herders.


Goats R Us has been in existence since 1995.  Their website claims the animals are their “buddies” and receive year round veterinary care.


It also declares that special consideration is given to the senior goats in the herd. “Goats R Us has a retirement program for its loyal four footed employees.  The goats in our herd are never sold for any reason, and when their ‘golden years’ approach, their scope of work is kept local just outside of our ranch, where they can roam the hills without encumbering the stress of traveling between locations.”

Oyarzun and Felix will be arraigned next week.  The trial is sure to uncover why the goats were made to suffer and starve to death and what events occurred in the 15 year-old company that cost the lives of 10 blameless animals. 


In my opinion the trial should also serve as a warning about the fine line businesses walk when they take advantage of animals in the name of making a profit.


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Kelly Lowry
Kelly Lowry4 years ago

These monsters should get the same "retirement Plan" as the goats they tortured WHEN WILL LAWS BE MADE? How many years how many more animals will suffer I'm sick of waiting for proper laws the law makers are just blowing smoke up our...at us

Liling O4 years ago

The businessmen who were involved in this money-making and blood-sucking business should be treated the same ways of how these helpless animals had suffered!

This is frustratingly sad and horrible!

Linda G.
Linda G.4 years ago

As long as the government and law makers keep their heads in the sand animals will continue to be abused, tortured and murdered. The people that abuse animals need to have their picture, company name and name in the newspaper for the world to see. We need a website dedicated to showing the world these animal abusers and their companies. Large penalties and it's 2nd strike your out. If the abuse is severe the 1st strike your out. Our leaders have to protect these beautiful living beings because if they don't we and this planet don't stand a chance. How do people sleep at night knowing that they can do something to help and they don't?

Maryann Piazza
Maryann Piazza4 years ago

I hope the people who do this suffer for their sins.

Fi T.
Past Member 4 years ago

That's ridiculous to treat living lives like this

Past Member
Past Member 4 years ago

Do the same to these monsters. They do not deserve to live but as there's no law which allows anyone to finish their lives , after they have supplied enough samples to be used for medication,
then they should stand trial and be deprived of their liberty.

Natasha Salgado
Past Member 4 years ago

Humans are a disgrace...

Linda Jarsky
Linda Jarsky4 years ago

"It is man's sympathy with all creatures that first makes him truly a man --- Dr. Albert Schweitzer..."

pElAgUS vEgAn
pElAgUS hellot6 years ago

ok, but the problem is the goats are going to be considered as properties not as individuals in this trial.

Jaya S.
jaya S6 years ago

For every action there is a reaction. According to the law of karma, if we cause pain and suffering to other living beings, we must endure pain and suffering in return, both individually and collectively. We reap what we sow, in this life and the next, for nature has her own justice. No one can escape the law of karma