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Vermont college euthanizes farm ox at center of uproar

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:51 p.m. HST, Nov 11, 2012

POULTNEY, Vt. >> A Vermont college euthanized one its farm oxen Sunday that have been at the center of an uproar over the college's decision to process the animals into meat.

The 11-year-old ox, named Lou, was put down after a recurring injury to his hind leg continued to deteriorate, Green Mountain College in Poultney said.

Lou and another ox were retired this summer from the college's working farm. The school planned to turn them into beef products to be served in the college dining hall as it has done with other livestock and in keeping with the school's emphasis on sustainable agriculture.

That decision drew fire from animal rights activists who wanted the oxen spared and had found a sanctuary for them.

In a statement, the college said it decided to euthanize Lou after veterinarians agreed his condition would worsen.

"The arrival of cold temperatures and icy conditions are certain to increase his suffering, and we have concurred with our veterinarians' judgment that it was not humane for him to suffer further," the statement said.

The college said Lou's work partner, Bill, would not be sent to a sanctuary and instead would stay at the school farm and receive care consistent with appropriate livestock practices.

Following the school's decision to have Bill and Lou slaughtered, critics signed online petitions and sent thousands of emails from around the world.

Even area slaughterhouses were threatened, preventing the small liberal arts college from finding a place to butcher them, school officials said.

The uproar began after VINE Sanctuary, based in Springfield, Vt., offered a home for the animals and urged followers to contact Green Mountain College asking it to reconsider its decision.

VINE Sanctuary's coordinator, Miriam Jones, said she was saddened to hear of Lou's death.

"We're deeply saddened and we hope Bill can live out the rest of his years in a happy, healthy environment," she said.

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paradiddle wrote:
As Wimpy of "Popeye" fame would say..."I would gladly pay you tuesday for a hamburger today..." LOL. Ironicly, these activists would change their minds in a heartbeat if they were hungry enough.
on November 11,2012 | 09:28AM
COlohe1 wrote:
wow, lau-lau. some big LETTERS in da article...eat mor chikn' !!!!!
on November 11,2012 | 11:16AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Well, somebody's ox got gored.
on November 11,2012 | 11:26AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
I can't believe that an outside group from a university can decided what the school can do with their livestock. The school has every right to do what they do with the livestock. They farm these animals for their meat. I am sure a lot of these activist will go home and have a steak or cheeseburger. Whether you get the meat from the local butcher or from the school's farm makes no difference. These activists are getting out of hand.
on November 11,2012 | 06:02PM
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