Target: Bill Throop, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Green Mountain College
Goal: To stop the slaughter of two healthy oxen that are old and no longer able to work and allow them to be moved to the sanctuary that has offered to care for them
The end of October 2012 will mark the end of two healthy lives that have served a college community for more than a decade. Death awaits Bill and Lou since a cruel joint decision was made by Green Mountain College and the college farm in Poultney to slaughter the aging oxen and eat their flesh between hamburger buns. This duo team of hard-working and beautiful oxen has been an iconic image of the college community and the only sentence left for the oxen now is the slaughterhouse.
We must support Vine Sanctuary, which has offered to have Bill and Lou live out the remainder of their lives on the farm for free. The sanctuary understands that oxen are highly emotional and sentient beings who therefore feel no less pain and neglect than human beings.The downright heartless slaughter is not euthanasia or mercy killing, because Bill and Lou are not suffering or in pain. They have simply grown old and are no longer able to work to the bone on the farms. However, Bill and Lou have a chance to survive and enjoy the fruits of their hard work in labor with Vine Sanctuary.
The delicate duo has space and a chance at life in a beautiful sanctuary, but the college refuses to let them live. Instead, the college would rather butcher their flesh and eat them for meat. Meanwhile, this disheartening act of cruelty is even evident in a written statement made by the farm manager Kenneth Mulder, “It is the traditional understanding with working cattle that when they reach the end of their working careers they are still productive as meat animals. But that does not make it easy.” This college and farm should listen to their own hearts and words that killing animals to eat their flesh is not easy and the body and heart agree that this barbaric act should be avoided.
The murder of Bill and Lou must be stopped at Green Mountain College, and the team of oxen should be sent to the Vine Sanctuary where they can live the remainder of their lives in freedom and peace.
Dear Bill Throop,
I urge you to let Bill and Lou live the remainder of their lives in peace at Vine Sanctuary. This team of Oxen has serviced your community long enough and deserve a chance to enjoy their old age freely. The murder of Bill and Lou is heartbreaking to many people and these beautiful beings are no less emotional than humans. Therefore, the decision to kill them for being old and unable to work on the farm is downright heartless and should be avoided at all costs. Bill and Lou feel betrayed as all beings would if they were murdered for meat and placed between hamburger buns.
It does not take Albert Einstein who once said, ‘Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances of survival for life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet,” to understand that the slaughter of two oxen in their old age is cruel and inhumane.
Please find a place in your heart to give Bill and Lou the peaceful life they deserve in their old age at Vine Sanctuary. The sanctuary says the Oxen can live for free at a space on their farm. Many hearts around the world will break if the slaughter of Bill and Lou is carried out. The weight of their death on your back can be avoided if they are set free. Give Bill and Lou to Vine Sanctuary and lift the veil of inhumane death from their eyes and you.
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