FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Laura Slitt
Phone: (603) 960-1384 (CELL)
ANIMAL WELFARE ACTIVISTS PROTEST THE PLANNED SLAUGHTER OF BILL AND LOU, TWO 11-YEAR OLD OXEN, A HARD WORKING TEAM OF BROTHERS AND BELOVED MASCOTS OF GREEN MOUNTAIN COLLEGE, A LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE IN POULTNEY VERMONT. THIS DECISION BY THE COLLEGE IS THE REWARD THEY HAVE PLANNED FOR THE TWO OXEN AFTER TEN YEARS OF HARD LABOR AND SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY.
On Friday at 1pm, there will be a protest demonstration to ask the College to reverse its decision to slaughter the two pets and to ask the College to accept the offer of forever homes from a nearby animal sanctuary. There will be a second protest as well, on Saturday at Noon, same place.
Poultney VT-Local animal welfare groups including PETA and Animal Sanctuaries from the area as well as local individual activists are holding a protest demonstration designed to stop the planned slaughter of the two oxen, who have been working hard for college for 10 years as well as being known as mascots of the small college. Local volunteers will be on-hand providing information about these two wonderful animals who deserve retirement at Vine Animal Sanctuary, free of charge, and not slaughter as the College proposes for their reward for their long years of service to the College Community.
Date: FRIDAY, November 9 and SATURDAY, November 10
Time: 1pm on November 9 and 12pm on November 10
Place: Corner of Main and Depot in Poultney VT
Official Address of GMC is 1 Brennan Circle, Poultney, VT 05764
After ten years of hard labor, two beloved, elderly oxen at Green Mountain College, Bill and Lou, will now be slaughtered for food to serve the appetites of their college students. The decision was made, via student vote, following a leg injury to Lou which rendered both him and Bill incapable of generating further useful work—Bill, while uninjured, is unlikely to accept a new teammate. Despite their decade loyalty to GMC, which included doing “important work” such as generating electricity, the majority of students during a community forum discussion voted for slaughter.
VINE Sanctuary, and now also Farm Sanctuary, has offered to provide permanent, loving homes for Bill and Lou at no cost to the college, and yet GMC remains adamant in their decision, even in the face of overwhelming public outcry from tens of thousands of protesters worldwide. Offers of substantial large sums of money have also been made but so far those have been declined. This ongoing controversy has received considerable attention in the blogosphere and major media outlets, including the New York Times, Huffington Post, Boston Globe, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
For additional information, go to:
Press Release: Protests for Oxen Bill & Lou November 9 & 10