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Editor’s Note: We have received information of an urgent nature on the case of two animals slated for death unless public opinion is mobilized to force the current authorities to do the right thing.  We ask simply this: Why is it so damn difficult to do the compassionate thing in a world awash in cruelty and systematic violence?  One would think that people engaged in teaching, of all things, would welcome an opportunity like this to amend—at least in part—the savage record accumulated by the human race in its dealings with other animals and members of its own species. The information stream about this case is furnished by Marc Bekoff, a noted ecologist and Valerie Traina, a leading animal defense activist. The main point is that the decision to kill Bill and Lou is entirely unnecessary and heartbreaking because they have an excellent home waiting for them. VINE Sanctuary has offered to provide Bill and Lou with permanent homes. They 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. We earnestly hope that the officials at Green Mount College will choose to spare these animals their lives, even if such an act would violate their stated principles. No law or regulation must ever be implemented rigidly, and the whole process of trial and sentencing is based on the idea that laws are to be adjusted according to specific circumstances—especially when the “defendants” stand to lose their lives.—PG

Green Mountain College to Slaughter Two Oxen

Bill and Lou will be turned into burgers
Published on October 12, 2012 by Marc Bekoff, Ph.D. in Animal Emotions

Bill and Lou are two oxen who have lived and worked on the campus of Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont for ten years. Now that they are old and can no longer work the college plans to kill them at the end of the month and turn them into burgers despite the fact that VINE sanctuary has offered to have them live there for free.

Oxen are highly emotional and sentient beings and this is downright heartless slaughter, pure and simple. It is not euthanasia, or mercy killing, because Bill and Lou are not suffering or in pain.

Saving Sentience

We must do all we can do to save, rather than to slaughter, sentient beings. Please write to Bill Throop, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, at throopw@greenmtn.edu and copy your letter to Kenneth Mulder, Farm Manager, Research Associate and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at mulderk@greenmtn.edu. A sample letter can be found here.  Cruelty can’t stand the spotlight so please express your opinion as soon as possible.

The teaser image of Bill and Lou and Kenneth Mulder with a whip can be found here.

Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., is a former Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and co-founder with Jane Goodall of Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. He has won many awards for his scientific research including the Exemplar Award from the Animal Behavior Society and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Marc has written more than 200 articles, numerous books, and has edited three encyclopedias. His books include the Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare, The Ten Trusts (with Jane Goodall), the Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior, the Encyclopedia of Human-Animal Relationships, Minding Animals, Animal Passions and Beastly Virtues: Reflections on Redecorating Nature, The Emotional Lives of Animals, Animals Matter, Animals at Play: Rules of the Game (a children’s book), Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals (with Jessica Pierce), and The Animal Manifesto: Six Reasons For Increasing Our Compassion Footprint. In 2005 Marc was presented with The Bank One Faculty Community Service Award for the work he has done with children, senior citizens, and prisoners. In 2009 he was presented with the St. Francis of Assisi Award by the New Zealand SPCA. His homepage is marcbekoff.com and with Jane Goodall http://www.ethologicalethics.org/. Twitter @MarcBekoff

Valerie Traina: Exchange of letters & views with Green Mountain College (Vermont)

From Valerie Traina

There are two letters attached from Baylee Drown, the farm manager at Green Mountain College in Vermont where they are poised to slaughter two oxen. If you read the Steveletter first (he’s a so-called professor of ethics there; this document also has the opinion of Kevin Coburn, director of communications), you’ll note that they don’t want to send the animals to VINE Sanctuary because they claim the sanctuary is sanctimonious and has said negative things about the college.  Apparently, his poor little feelings were hurt. In short, for political reasons, they don’t want to hand over the oxen.

Please read the letters and respond to Baylee Drown at: drownb@greenmtn.edu
S/he is standing in for Prof. Mulder, who is on vacation this week.

I’ve already responded. (If you’re interested in my response, I’ll send it to you.)
The letters are infuriating. It’s “might makes right” with these guys.

Thanks for standing up for Bill and Lou.

For justice,
Val

Responses by Green Mountain College officials

Greeting Friends,

As a moral vegetarian, I am extremely sympathetic to your opinions regarding the fate of Bill and Lou. I am personally against consuming meat, but I support sustainable animal agriculture, as many domesticated animals would not exist without the demand for their products. Bill and Lou are a product of animal agriculture, and their fate was statistically sealed since birth. Bill and Lou are a by product of the dairy industry, their mothers were Guernsey dairy cows kept for milk production. Most bull calves only live for a short while after birth, either being eaten as veal, or corn finished beef at 18-22 months of age. Because Bill and Lou found their way to our grass-based, diversified, 22 acre farm, they were granted an extension, because they were able to find another purpose other than consumption at a young age. Our use of Bill and Lou has granted them a 10 year extension to enjoy expressing natural behaviors and experience the pleasure and pain of existing on earth.

As I read many objections to Bill and Lou’s processing into meat, it makes me sad to reflect that Bill and Lou, who have experienced an excellent quality of life, are the center of attention when so many bull calves are processed into veal without ever having a chance to live to maturity. I am saddened even more when I think of all of the beef and dairy cattle that are kept in feedlots or exclusively in barns. Seeing Bill and Lou living outside for many years has given me great satisfaction. I think our farm practices animal production in the most ethical way possible. Our students know where their food comes from. They are faced with the reality that their meat was once living and breathing- and they should be concerned with how their food was raised. Eating meat with a name is one way we make certain consumers face the reality and seriousness of taking an animal’s life for their meat. Our community feels strongly that honesty and connection with food is essential for decentralizing the food system and rebuilding local systems.

Bill and Lou are valuable to our community. We will continue to respect their contribution to our community as their purpose changes. We have the ability and resources to bring them to an Animal Welfare Approved Processing Facility. I will personally accompany them to the facility, ensuring their handling is appropriate and calm.

I appreciate your consideration for Bill and Lou. I also urge you to consider your dietary choices, realizing that every beef animal is just as capable of experiencing pain and pleasure as Bill and Lou. However, most of the beef cattle in our food system do not have the luxury of grass diets and a long life. I hope if you do choose to consume meat, you consider every life as important as Bill and Lou’s. If you do not choose to consume meat, I urge you to focus your attention on the parts of our food system that truly exploit the essence of domestic animals, rather than small, diversified farms that strive every day to uphold values of animal welfare.

Thank you,
Baylee Drown
Bachelors of Science in Animal Science Degree Recipient
Master of Science in Sustainable Food Systems Student
Assistant Farm Manager of Cerridwen Farm at Green Mountain College

Replies by Valerie Traina

Dear Baylee Drown,

I’ve read your enclosed letters. I have been advocating on behalf of farmed animals for 25 years. I’ve been a vegetarian for most of that time, and a vegan for the past few years. What you and the rest of the Green Mountain College community have neglected in all your talk on ethics is the interests of Bill and Lou. You cannot pretend to be their proxies. I am the guardian of six cats. I take my moral duty toward them seriously. They see the vet when they are ill. They are medicated when necessary. Toward the very end of their lives when there is no hope for quality of life, they are euthanized. My home IS a sanctuary. In Green Mountain’s case, you have a sanctuary lined up willing to take in the oxen. For political reasons that sound like hubris (based on the professor’s letter), you’ve decided not to permit their transfer to safe haven.

That is shameful. I don’t know how you can live with yourselves. The oxen certainly don’t wish to die now. And they absolutely don’t want to experience violent slaughter. Please put yourself in their bodies and imagine how happy you would be to live out your life in a sanctuary. Likewise, imagine how frightening it would be to be slaughtered, and how shocked you’d be to be killed after rendering service to your community.

Begging mercy for Bill and Lou,
Val

Val Traina
vtraina2002@yahoo.com

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Dear Bailey Drown, as Prof. Mulder is on vacation, please see the letter below. It is of an urgent nature.
Thank you.
 
Valerie
______________________________________________________________________________

Dear Vice President Throop and Prof. Mulder:

I write today to urge you to send Bill and Lou to VINE Sanctuary to live out the remainder of their lives. Compassion is the highest of all human values, as taught by every one of the great spiritual teachers and Humanist philosophers.

These animals have worked hard for Green Mountain College, and now it’s time for their retirement. It won’t cost the college a dime, and it will show your fellow Vermontans that you truly care for all of the animals on your farm. In fact, it will show the entire country that the administration has a heart. This is much more valuable than providing hamburgers for the kids. These animals were like working dogs. Would you suggest we slaughter working dogs when they become too frail to round-up sheep? You speak of humane farming. Well, there is no such thing as humane slaughter. That is an oxymoron. The VINE administrators will do everything in their power to keep these oxen alive. They are sure to thrive in a loving environment. Then, when the time comes to say goodbye, VINE will euthanize the animals – that is, they will give them a “good death.”

Believe me when I say that there are thousands of people watching what you are doing in regard to Bill and Lou.

What you ultimately decide to do in this situation could either make people admire you, or be revolted. You could so easily either enhance or tarnish your college’s reputation.

Val Traina
vtraina2002@yahoo.com

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  10 Responses to “The Animal File: Mascot oxen to be killed for burger meat”

  1. Shambo’s Story
    Recently the story of Shambo, a young bull, unfolded in Whales, where the religious values of the judeo.christian tradition culminated in taking his life, even as Hindu monks, whose religion teaches respect for the lives of all beings worked to save him. Shambo will forever be a symbol of the inherent cruelty of a religious model which sanctifies the harming and killing of animals. He showed no signs of disease, although he tested positive for bovine TB. Hindu monks waged an intelligent, logical, courageous and non-violent campaign to save his life. They arranged to send him to a goshala (cow sanctuary) near Mumbai, where he could be treated for TB and live out his days in peace. The Welsh government, egged on by angry farmers concerned with the monetary value of their livestock, ordered the death of Shambo.
    The government veterinarians and police broke through a peaceful Hindu ceremony (puja) honoring the sanctity of all life and dragged Shambo off to be killed:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_pictures/6917241.stm

    which side are your on?
    The animal movement in the USA and other dominion nations such as the UK is unable to launch a proper defense of endangered domesticated animals, since it has been co-opted by judeo.christian values. When activists can say with absolute certainty that:

    “[Richard]Schwartz [Jewish Vegetarian Society] is an abolitionist. He is working within the framework of the Torah to be able to appeal to people who follow it. He absolutely advocates that, from the “holy” writings, it is clear that god prefers a plant-based diet, and that the meat allowance was a concession because god realized man was imperfect. He even maintains that the correct translation of the portion of the Torah where god allows Noah to eat meat more correctly states “if you LUST after flesh (then you may partake).” He also states that to further discourage people from eating meat, god created very complex rules about how the animals must be cared for and slaughtered.” Rina Deych

    It becomes clear why progress is impossible. When an abolitionist is one who supports the view that ‘one may eat meat only if one lusts after it’, or that careful guidelines for slaughter are proof of compassion, then no amount of media exposure will result in change. It will merely re-enforce the prevailing position. In fact that is just the case, when recently on NECN (August 23, 2009) there was a presentation by a farmer who honors the ‘pigness’ of his hogs by allowing them free range, until he slits their throats. This is the compassion possible with dominion. It also results in tastier meat.

    When a rabbi can write an article in a popular national weekly magazine proclaiming that he loves animals, but he eats them, he is getting plenty of media exposure as he promotes the biblical view of compassion:

    “I’m an animal lover. I eat meat.” Rabbi Marc Gellman

    (http://www.newsday.com/columnists/god-squad/god-squad-biblical-views-on-eating-meat-1.2856739?p

    murder most sweet….
    When Baylee Drown of Green Mountain College proclaims his morality as he prepares to kill two oxen who have been helpful and harmed no one, he invokes his right to sustainable murder, so favored by enlightened stewardship. When sustainability, the proper management of one’s resources is valued above the life of a resourced animal, then slaughter is both ethical and a virtue.

    “I think our farm practices animal production in the most ethical way possible. Our students know where their food comes from. They are faced with the reality that their meat was once living and breathing- and they should be concerned with how their food was raised. Eating meat with a name is one way we make certain consumers face the reality and seriousness of taking an animal’s life for their meat.” Green Mountain College

    “Bill and Lou are valuable to our community. We will continue to respect their contribution to our community as their purpose changes. We have the ability and resources to bring them to an Animal Welfare Approved Processing Facility. I will personally accompany them to the facility, ensuring their handling is appropriate and calm.” Baylee Drown

    How is it possible to reconcile the murder of two valuable community members? It is possible when they are valued only for their usefulness to humans.

    spiritual poverty….
    Nowhere in the self-righteous statement of intention to slaughter, is the recognition that an animal is not man’s to process, that an animal’s life has inherent value. With this spiritually impoverished view, as the purpose of an animal, defined by human advantage, changes their flesh is always on the table. Note how skillfully factory farming is invoked to claim the moral high ground, despite condemning two hard working animals to a cruel and violent death. A spiritual view so barren of compassion or empathy is the hallmark of the judeo.christian tradition. The failure of this position is best expressed by the following:

    “”For there is nothing inaccessible for death.
    All beings are fond of life, hate pain, like pleasure,
    shun destruction, like life, long to live. To all life
    is dear.” Jain Acharanga Sutra.

    When dedicated and compassionate activists pretend that all religions and secular humanist positions are based on compassion, they overlook the reality of dominion. They surrender their moral authority to those invested in preserving man’s dominion over the animals:

    “God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. The fear and dread of you shall rest on every animal of the earth, and on every bird of the air, on everything that creeps on the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; into your hand they are delivered. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; and just as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.’

    Secular humanist movements in the USA are no better, as they too have been swayed by the bibilical view: sustainable murder of animals is ethical and even praised by leading environmentalists such as Derrick Jensen.

    the media…
    If the media is to be an effective tool for promoting compassion, then it must be provided with a view of animals that is based on respect for their lives, not the needs of their exploiters.

    Something more basic than media exposure is at the root of a failed animal movement. It is a view of animals encouraged by judaism and christianity. In India, where the more benevolent jain/hindu religious value of ahimsa has been introduced into society the animal movement is thriving, with constant progress. For example: It is always against the law to kill a healthy dog. Just recently vivisection was banned on the college and university level. The list is long…

    Recently CNN did a story on the murder of Lennox, a pit bull mix seized from his home, though he had harmed no one, in Belfast, NI. Despite a world wide effort to save him he was put to death by animal protection services. Perhaps they would be willing to present the tragedy unfolding at Green Mountain College:

    storyideas@turner.com

    Democracy Now has also shown a willingness to report an animal issues of animal abuse, so writing to them about Lou and Bill might be worth a try:

    outreach@democracynow.org

    Given the status of cattle in the USA, it is not likely to expect a change of heart at Green Mountain College, even with media coverage. Lennox was a beloved dog and he too was denied the chance for life despite a massive media intervention.

    another way…
    In India the head of People for Animals, MP Maneka Gandhi, could use the police to have the two oxen endangered at Green Mountain College removed and taken to a sanctuary. Just yesterday she used her position as an MP to halt the railroads to stop an illegal shipment of animals:

    http://india.nydailynews.com/politicsarticle/6eb807c275b84c22298701f8ed33e977/maneka-gandhi-comes-to-the-rescue-of-birds-rabbits

    Lucknow, Oct 17 — A timely tip-off from NGO People For Animals (PFA) and pressure from former union minister and MP Maneka Gandhi saved the lives of hundreds of birds and rabbits as the railway police late Tuesday intercepted a consignment of animals and birds meant for delivery in Kanpur.
    The police intercepted the consignment in Ghaziabad on board the Kalka-Delhi passenger train.
    At the time of the seizure, more than 100 birds and a dozen rabbits had died due to asphyxia. The rest, among them also the rare zebra finch, were safely recovered.
    Government Railway Police (GRP) registered a case against unknown smugglers. The consignment was booked from Saharanpur by one Mohammad Fareed.
    Police said they were informed by Aasima Sunil, a representative of People for Animals, Ghaziabad.
    PFA activists sought the stoppage of the train and the rescue of the animals, but rail men pleaded helplessness. That was when Maneka Gandhi swung into action and got senior railway board members to order the stoppage of the train.
    Late Tuesday evening, the train was stopped in Ghaziabad.
    The brake van was checked and the consignment of animals was discovered.
    The parcel was headed to New Delhi, from where it was to be transferred into some other train going to Kanpur, a police official said.
    – Indo-Asian News Service

    While there is cruelty everywhere, in India due to the influence of ahimsa, at the very least the law is on the side of the animals, not their human over lords.

    As compassionate activists plead for the lives of Bill and Lou the wheels of dominion grind mercilessly on:

    ‘That is shameful. I don’t know how you can live with yourselves. The oxen certainly don’t wish to die now. And they absolutely don’t want to experience violent slaughter.’ Val Traina

    By the standards of dominion it is not shameful, but what is mandated. With this view there is no frienship for animals. While an illusion of friendship may be extended, it may just as easily be revoked, when human expediency or convenience is at issue. Therefore, though Bill and Lou served their dominion masters well, they may now be served up at a church barbecue, with little afterthought as to the value of their lives.

    Until activists seeking ahimsa are willing to end the charade of dominion as compassionate or are willing to end all support of religions that sanctify animal abuse, we will continue to mourn the tragic loss of many beloved animal friends and the multitudes of the nameless long suffering chattel of dominon.

    In Memory…
    Shambo (2001 – July 26, 2007)

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_pictures/6917241.stm

    Ahimsa: A religious principle followed by the Jain/Hindu religious tradition. Ahimsa is the practice of non-violence and reverence for life which prohibits the taking of animal and human live.

    SHAMBO, MARCUS, BILL AND LOU…
    _______________________________________________________________________________

    Shambo was not the first or only animal killed so unjustly by the stewards of Christianity in the UK. Marcus, a young lamb, hand raised by elementary school students, then sent to slaughter at the age of six months. The head mistress of the school justified this act of cruelty as a lesson in reality. More precisely it is a lesson on the reality of dominion, where tender care of an animal means little. The traumatized children did not see it that way, but with time most will accommodate to the biblical view of animals and forget about Marcus. This how a christian nation teaches its children to kill. The children will learn that in a judeo.christian nation a friend may be slaughtered, with a proper excuse.

    The two oxen, Bill and Lou at Green Mountain College will likely be added to the list of friendship betrayed. In this case it appears that a perceived slight by the VINE Sanctuary is responsible for the decision to serve up Bill and Lou Burgers. With this view any excuse will do, as an animal may always be killed to meet a perceived human need.

  2. As compassionate activist pleas, to spare the lives of Bill and Lou, are made to those hardened by dominion, the call for compassion falls on numb hearts:

    ‘That is shameful. I don’t know how you can live with yourselves. The oxen certainly don’t wish to die now. And they absolutely don’t want to experience violent slaughter.’ Val Traina

    By the standards of dominion it is not shameful, but what is mandated. With this view there is no frienship for animals. While an illusion of friendship may be extended, it may just as easily be revoked, when human expediency or convenience is at issue. Therefore, though Bill and Lou served their dominion masters well, they may now be served up at a church barbecue, with little afterthought as to the value of their lives.

  3. Here is the text of an e-mail letter which I sent yesterday:

    Dear Professor Ackerman-Leist,

    I have read that the VINE Sanctuary has offered to take this pair of oxen to live on their premises at no cost to your college and I understand that you have declined this offer on the grounds of sustainability.

    I live in Gloucestershire and am an active member of the Cotswold Carthorse Society (at the weekend our working cob was operating the cider mill at Gloucester Folk Museum to demonstrate the use of agricultural horse power to the public. One of our senior colleagues in the Society is a farmer by the name of Eric Freeman. Eric was one of the handful of farmers who saved the Gloucester breed of cattle from extinction in the 1970′s when commercially they were seen as worthless (this is not the case now!). The Bathhurst Estate near me was also one of the last places in Britain where working oxen were used, up until the 1960′s. An interest in working oxen along with working horses is part of the tradition of our Society. so you can see that I am not “just another animal-lover”.

    Please take up the offer to retire the oxen. I do understand that the tradition was always to slaughter working oxen at c.14 years and that this provided the much sought-after marbled beef beloved of Victorian cooks. However, these beasts have earned their retirement by working for the college and the damage that would be done to your ideals of sustainable use of animal motive power would outweigh the small financial gain of eating their meat in the college canteen. Much favourable publicity would be gained by allowing their retirement to the Sanctuary which has offered to take them. I particularly appreciate the benefits this could provide as one of the co-saviours of our local Gloucester cattle, renowned as a multi-purpose, milk (including Double Gloucester cheese), meat and motive power breed, is Joe Henson who went on to found the Rare Breeds’ Survival Trust based at Guiting Power, Gloucestershire. Joe opens part of his land to the public to visit the animals and has done so much to increase public awareness of the variety of domestic breeds of livestock and their uses.

    Real sustainability is taking the best option for all concerned and surely in this case that is to retire the oxen and carry on working with new pair.

  4. Julie, you say:

    I do understand that the tradition was always to slaughter working oxen at c.14 years and that this provided the much sought-after marbled beef beloved of Victorian cooks. However, these beasts have earned their retirement by working for the college and the damage that would be done to your ideals of sustainable use of animal motive power would outweigh the small financial gain of eating their meat in the college canteen”

    Sustainability is the excuse. Any excuse will do for within the contraints of dominion, slaughter must always be allowed. To give in to compassion would be a sign of weakness, a slight bending of the mandate of permitted slaughter is a threat to the preservation of religious doctrine that views animals as a human resource – not a friend to be cherished.

  5. How can the civilized understand why a 50,000 dollar offer was offered for a stay of exicution for Bill and Lou and turned down by the college and its board, how can a intelligent doctor understand what makes young students lust to sink their dirty fange into a former mascot that searved them.

    .No words can be found for the civilized to ever understand.

  6. They have been taught incorrectly, by judeo.christian doctrine. The language the use to describe how the oxen will be slain is the cold distant language of the serial killer. They victim must remain calm and still. They will hold the victim steady as his throat is slit…. ever so lovingly. This is the language of dominion, where murder is justified by sustainability as the victims body parts are laid out for roasting.

    In a recent horrible discovery, a disgruntled police officer was planning to kill and roast 100 women because his wife left him. His care in planning their murders is similar to those who would kill bill and lou. We recoil in horror when humans are the potential victims, but dominion allows us to speak of the careful and caring slaughter.

    There is no justification for religions that teach killing in a world so rife with violence.

  7. the arrogance of these people is unimaginable they can simply NOT be allowed to ignore more then 60 000 Signatures against the murder of these innocent animals

    • It is the arrogance borne of dominion. Religions that practice ahimsa have greater humility towards those with whom we share the earth:

      “Souls render service to one another” Jain Tattvartha Sutra 5.21

      “Those who eat the meat of other living beings in order to satisfy their own flesh, they are definitely murderers themselves, since without a consumer there can be no killer.” Hemchandra, Jain monk

      “It is the essential characteristic of a wise person that he/she does not kill any living being. One should know that non-killing and equality of all living beings are the main principles of religion” Jain sutra

    • It is the arrogance of dominion: man’s right of tyranny over the animals. Any excuse will do to kill, for within the contraints of dominion, slaughter must always be allowed. To give in to compassion would be a sign of weakness, a slight bending of the mandate of permitted slaughter is a threat to the preservation of religious doctrine that views animals as a human resource – not a friend to be cherished.

  8. UPDATE:

    From: homerific1990@hotmail.com
    To: wporter@globe.com
    Subject: Murder Most Sweet: for Bill and Lou
    Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2012 05:12:09 -0500

    Boston Globe
    Dear Bill Porter,

    The euthanization of lou, as noted in your story yesterday: “Vermont college euthanizes one of its oxen after controversial decision to slaughter them”, leaves many issues unresolved. Though portrayed as compassion, was it in reality a desperate effort to end the controversy?

    Lou, of the bill and lou team, was euthanized in the dead of night and buried in an unmarked grave…. Many questions remain unanswered. Though the decision to kill Lou was determined by a vet, it should be noted that there are vets who work routinely with the animal abuse establishment to enforce vivisection procedures. The sign off on the order to kill him is not necessarily in accord with what lou would have chosen. Perhaps he would have enjoyed a well earned retirement.

    http://www.boston.com/metrodesk/2012/11/11/vermont-college-euthanizes-one-its-oxen-after-controversial-decision-slaughter-them/8DeO1Lr2gG5wh0OwD1MfCJ/story.html

    unanswered questions…
    It is not clear what the nature of lou’s injury was… or whether living out his life in a sanctuary was possible. Was lou killed just so that all the fuss would be over? Will it now be easier to kill bill? Will Bill be next and soon. If so, will he be slaughtered in the dead of night for his flesh?

    All these questions remain unanswered. The low moral standards set by Green Mountain College, leave one to consider that euthanizing lou was a matter of urgent convenience, now that the thanksgiving/christmas slaughter season is upon us?

    biblical rights…
    Note the cold hearted statement about Bill, the remaining ox, coded in the language of dominion:

    “The other ox, Bill, would not be sent to a sanctuary but “will continue to stay at Cerridwen Farm and receive care consistent with appropriate livestock practices,” according to the college…” Phillip Ackerman-Leist

    With this statement Phillip Ackerman-Leist indicates that he is a proud dominionite, impressed with his power to subdue and slaughter animals.

    The bone chilling term ‘consitent with livestock’, sent shudders through me. Lou is not a living being worthy of respect for all his hard work, but will be treated as live stock. Live stock are killed for their flesh. Dominion does not graciously cede its right to kill. This right is sacred and must remain in place. Perhaps they will use Bill to enforce an animals status in the dominion hierarchy, by making an example of him, by killing him for his flesh.

    Was the decision to kill Lou a rush job to enforce dominion, by silencing the controversy, when his life could have been saved?

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