Cool, but goats are taking jobs away

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Forget robots -- these animals could be coming for your paycheck

You may think its cool, but goats are taking jobs away

Job-stealing robots seem to be on everybody's minds these days. Whatever the reason for lost jobs, people point fingers at the coming robotic workforce -- but what if the scapegoat was an actual goat?

Cats and goats are increasingly being "hired" to do a wide range of jobs. Don't panic animals may be helping to clear brush and catch rodents, but their new employment is not likely to affect the majority of Americans, notes a CNBC article.

These workhorses are holding down jobs and replacing (very few) humans in the process:

A team of goats is causing controversy after Western Michigan University hired them to clear a woodlot.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) recently filed a grievance with the university, arguing that these furry workers are taking jobs away from human union members.

Western Michigan spokesperson Cheryl Roland defends the university's decision, saying, "The area is rife with poison ivy and other invasive species, and our analysis showed the goats to be a sustainable and cost-effective way of removing them."

Many other institutions employ goats for the same reasons, including the historic Congressional Cemetery.

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