The death of Oswald the goat in the petting zoo barn at the 2019 Superior Plumbing North Georgia State Fair brings up some concerns and warrants some changes that fair manager Tod Miller should make before the 2020 fair.
The animals should be monitored while on fair grounds. To do this, there needs to be four people on the barn floor. That would be two for half the barn and two for the other half. They would be responsible for monitoring what is happening in the barn and addressing any issues immediately. Such issues would include monitoring what fair visitors are feeding the animals and immediately remove any trash inside or outside the animal enclosures.
If money is an issue, then let college students who are majoring in agriculture volunteer to help. In lieu of money, they can be paid in free tickets and free food. That would give the students good work experience and also help to provide a safe environment for the animals. That’s a win-win for both students and animals.
Since Oswald had pieces of balloon in his mouth, balloons should not be allowed in the barn for safety reasons. There is really no reason for them to be there. I just hope that Oswald’s death was a freak accident rather than a deliberate act.
The North Georgia State Fair is a first-rate fair. The petting zoo has been one of the fair’s No. 1 attraction, and that has helped with the fair’s success for many years. The latest reports show that the 2019 fair was the biggest ever with about 345,000 visitors and preliminary reports show that revenue will be the biggest as well.
The animals are really at the mercy of anyone or anything that comes into the barn and they deserve a safe environment to live in. I hope fair manager Tod Miller agrees and the changes are made.