Focus: They do what ...? Byways of the charity world - British Goat Society

Mathew Little

The society, the home of all things caprine in the UK, aims to "circulate knowledge and general information upon goats". Images arise of goats sweating under "sale now on" sandwich boards in high streets across the country.

But that probably isn't the intention. In fact, the society labours to correct abundant misinformation about goats. For example, it is a myth that goats will eat anything. They are, it seems, fussy eaters, but will nibble indiscriminately just to satisfy an innate curiosity. There are also many different breeds of British goat, from the pygmy, which looks like a cat with hooves, to the sweater-producing angora.

The society opposes any cruelty to goats but is not averse to eating them. Goat meat is tender, with "a pleasant flavour of its own", according to its website, www.allgoats.com.

The Charity Commission's website reveals that the society's latest accounts were delivered on time. But should it suffer a lapse, the munching impulse of its beneficiaries would provide the perfect excuse.

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