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If School Will Not Retire Bill and Lou, Educators Should
at Least Show the Public What Happens at Slaughter, Says Group
For Immediate Release:November 5, 2012
Contact:Kaitlynn Kelly 202-483-7382
Poultney, Vt. -- Despite an international outcry—including pleas from
thousands of PETA members—administrators at Green Mountain College in Poultney,
Vt., are still planning to slaughter Bill and Lou, the beloved oxen who have
labored for the school's agricultural program for 10 years, and serve their
flesh in the school's cafeteria. 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.
"We live in a changing world, where animals are
afforded considerations that they might not have had in the past," says
PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "Bill and Lou worked hard for
Green Mountain College for 10 years, and they have more than earned special
consideration and a peaceful retirement—but if Green Mountain won't give them
that, perhaps witnessing their needless deaths will remind people that all
animals' lives are precious and that the best thing they can do for other
animals, their own health, and the environment is go vegan."
For more information, please visit PETA.org.
PETA's letter to the administrators of Green Mountain
November 5, 2012
Kenneth MulderFarm Manager, Green Mountain
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Green Mountain College
Dear Drs. Mulder and Throop,
I'm writing on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of
Animals (PETA) and our more than 3 million members and supporters, including
thousands across Vermont, to request that if you insist on carrying out your
cruel and heartless plan to send the school's beloved oxen, Bill and Lou, to a
slaughterhouse, you do not hide the killing behind closed doors but allow the
students and the public to witness their deaths.
We urge you with great urgency to make the compassionate
decision to spare the lives of Bill and Lou. But if you move forward with the
slaughter, you should, as educators, at the very least use this injustice as a
learning opportunity. Everyone who knows Bill and Lou knows that they are
individuals with personalities and desires of their own. Anyone who eats meat
should be allowed to witness the terror in Bill's and Lou's eyes right before a
bolt is shot into their foreheads and they are hung upside down and bled to
We live in a changing world, one in which animals are
afforded considerations that they might have been denied in the past. It is
time to acknowledge this and give Bill and Lou the opportunity to live out the
rest of their lives in peace after having worked at Green Mountain College for
10 years. They deserve at least that.
Ryan HulingManager of College Campaigns and OutreachPETA
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