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Tell Green Mountain College to honor Bill and Lou...not kill them

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Originally Posted: October 16, 2012

Tell Green Mountain College to honor Bill and Lou...not kill them

[Ed. Note: November 11, 2012: Lou: RIP. Also read An Open Letter to the Students of Green Mountain College and Defending Death and Bill and Lou: Who lives, who dies, and why and How Bill and Lou Unmasked Our Hypocrisy.]

FROM Vine Sanctuary

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Green Mountain College needs to honor and retire the two oxen, Bill and Lou, and not kill them. A few months ago, Lou became unable to be worked any longer. Bill won't work with anyone else. Therefore, the college has concluded that both of them must be killed.

Bill Throop
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
One Brennan Circle
Poultney Vermont 05764
phone (802) 287-8214
fax (802) 287-8094
throopw@greenmtn.edu

Kenneth Mulder
Farm Manager, Research Associate & Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
One Brennan Circle
Poultney Vermont 05764
(802) 287-2941
mulderk@greenmtn.edu

Vermont Green Mountain oxenINFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

Bill and Lou have been a working team of oxen at Green Mountain College in Poultney, VT for ten years. They were pressed into service by staff at Cerridwen Farm - the teaching farm on campus - to do everything from plowing fields to generating electricity. Over the years, they became so well loved that they're even the profile picture for the farm's Facebook page!

A few months ago, Lou became unable to be worked any longer. Bill won't work with anyone else. Therefore, the college has concluded that both of them must be killed.

DEATH is their reward for 10 long years of hard work.

Yes, Green Mountain College has decided that Bill and Lou's long lives of service should be rewarded by their slaughter - and for what? According to their own press releases, the school will get, at best, a couple of months of low-grade hamburger out of their bodies.

This is especially heartbreaking because they have an excellent home waiting for them.

VINE Sanctuary has offered to provide Bill and Lou with permanent homes. We have the ability and resources to care for them for the rest of their natural lives. Sadly, though, the college is determined to kill them instead.

For ten years, they served the needs of those more powerful than they are.

Now it's time to let them serve their own needs.


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