Ernest Dempsey—Lessons in ungratefulness are always on the curriculum of humanity; the victims being those who do good to the collective life of people, and yet do not win the respect so well-deserved. In the case of Lou and Bill, the reward for a decade of service is slaughter, as ordained by the Green Mountain College in Vermont.
Compassionate folks have started an online petition Save Bill and Lou from Slaughter which asks the Green Mountain College to withdraw their decision of sending to slaughter the two oxen who served the college for a decade. The petition tells that the college authorities have decided to not only send these workers to slaughter but also to serve their meat in the college’s dining hall. This will go to show the college’s apathy toward these voiceless workers who spent a great deal of their life serving the institution as well as a “disturbing lack of compassion” for these animals who are loved and respected by the students and faculty members of this institution.
As the petition informs, VINE Sanctuary is ready to take these animals in for a peaceful life after all their contribution to their human owners. And despite more than 12000 voices from around the world calling for the release of Bill and Lou to the sanctuary, the college authorities have remained determined to send the two retiring oxen to slaughter.
Indeed this heartless decision makes no sense because no one is starving at the college hall and these hard workers who shared the workload of their human companions on their back now deserve to live their natural life, whatever of it is left, in peace.
The petition is asking supporters to remain positive and courteous in their requests for sparing the lives of these gentle workers. It reads:
All you need to do is send a heartfelt, courteous email to the following people:
Bill Throop Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs: email@example.com
Kenneth Mulder Farm Manager, Research Associate & Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies: firstname.lastname@example.org
To sign the petition online, click here.