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 and copy your letter to Kenneth Mulder, Farm Manager, Research Associate and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at 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

Here's a link to another story about this horrific slaughter.

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