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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and copy your letter to Kenneth Mulder, Farm Manager, Research Associate and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at email@example.com. A sample letter can be found here.