After eleven years of being a greatly loved member of the family, the Dandenong Council has ruled their pet, because it is a sheep, should be taken away because it is livestock! The family has spent over $150,000 already trying to fight this ruling, which certainly shows how much these people love their pet. Please sign the petition to help urge this council to shown a shred of compassion and allow these people to keep their loved family member. In other countries, cats and dogs are considered food animals, livestock, so any ruling that a particular type of animal is livestock or pet is arbitrary and subjective, not fact.
Last year the Dandenong City council fined local resident Vu Ho for having a sheep, Baa, on his suburban property. Council told Mr Ho he could not continue providing a home to Baa as she was considered livestock, and ordered her removed from her home.
Mr Ho regards Baa as “a member of my family” who has lived with him peacefully for eleven years, and said “I have to help her until the end of all of my capacity”. He has so far racked up over $150,000 in legal fees trying to fight the council’s bullying tactics.
If a local council ordered a ratepayer to remove a family dog or cat from their home we would be outraged, and we should be no less outraged in this instance. Baa is a beloved family member who by all accounts is also a loved member of the street – she used to spend her days peacefully eating grass and the treats provided to her by Mr Ho. Sheep and other so called ‘livestock’ have rich emotional lives and feel sadness, love, fear and other emotions just as do dogs and cats.