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School Plans to Slaughter Beloved Oxen

Written by Michelle Kretzer | November 5, 2012

What do you get for 10 years of loyal service to Green Mountain College? Well, if you’re an ox, you get strung up by one leg, your throat is slit, and you are bled to death. Oxen Bill and Lou have served the agricultural school in Poultney, Vermont, as laborers for the past decade, and the students love them. Lou sustained an injury this summer, and the school decided that Bill likely would not work as well with a new partner, so Green Mountain wants to send the animals to slaughter and serve them in the school cafeteria. But PETA and the public are calling foul, insisting that the oxen deserve better.

This ox does not approve of Green Mountain College’s  lethal “retirement” plan for Bill and Lou.


It isn’t as if the school had no easy, humane option: Vermont’s VINE Sanctuary offered to provide Bill and Lou with a peaceful place to live out their days and even offered to arrange transportation for them. But the school refused.

PETA sent an urgent e-mail today to school administrators asking them—if they refuse to accept VINE Sanctuary’s offer to provide Bill and Lou with a peaceful retirement—at least to allow students and the public to witness the slaughter of the animals so that they can see the terror in Bill’s and Lou’s eyes right before a bolt is shot into their foreheads and they are strung upside down and bled to death. But we are hopeful that it won’t come to that.

Join PETA and urge Green Mountain College to allow Bill and Lou their well-deserved retirement.

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  • Yoyoma says:

    It was the students who decided to eat them; they wanted to support local, humanely raised animals instead of factory farm meat. GMC also strives to be the first school to only source meat from certified humane farms.

  • Sarah says:

    These animals are a fixture at the college. It is unethical to even consider slaughtering them. If I were a student there I would be very upset and let my voice be heard. Please send them to a sanctuary.

  • sandy says:

    what a betrayal! similar to the slaughter of horses.

  • William H Smith says:

    Don’t be stupid and cruel. Give the animals to the sanctuary. These animals have become beloved pets and should treated as part of the college family. Everybody wins if the animals go to the sanctuary.

  • Noel M Rome says:

    There is absolutely no acceptable excuse for cruelty to animals.

  • Simi says:

    Come on guys!! This oxen has been a buddy of yours and he has learned to trust humans. Can you imagine the terror in his eyes when he sees one of us coming to kill him ???? Have a heart ! LET HIM LIVE !!!!

  • Myekich says:

    Please save these 2 amazing animals! They deserve life not to be lunch