This might sound odd, y’know, why not? Why not let them?
The thing is, i find it quite… bad that i often kill/harvest an animal right after a Hearthling is petting/talking to them, not intentionally but to see a Hearthling pet a poyo or sheep and for the sheperd to come and kill it right in front of their faces feels quite mean, hell, sometimes it’s the sheperd petting the animal, being all fuzzy and nice right before they kill the exact same animal that they just petted
Ofcourse i don’t want all the animal petting animations to go to waste, but i think we should rather be able to have pet sheep and poyo instead,
This will also allow the animal companion trait to be more impactful, and i can imagine someone having a pet poyo or sheep, they’re cute!
Anyway, that’s my thought on that