A ‘principled stand’ against compassion: Green Mountain College and the slaughter of working oxen (Op-Ed)

Visitor greeting Bill and Lou / Photo: Christine Celella

In her first opinion piece for Animal Issues Reporter, Antonia Fraser Fujinaga wades into the controversy swirling around two oxen at a small college in Vermont. 

Please note: As a native of Scotland, Mrs. Fujinaga uses British spelling and punctuation.

By Antonia Fraser Fujinaga

The most recent developments in the saga of Bill and Lou, two retired working oxen whom many of us have been trying to save from slaughter, include the following: Read the rest of this entry »


Eating oxen Bill and Lou is “morally preferable” to retiring them to a sanctuary, says college spokesman

Student cuddles with Bill (Photo: with permission of Nina Keck/Vermont Public Radio)

By Katerina Lorenzatos Makris

With Halloween just a day or so away, and a “monster” storm bearing down on the northeastern United States, a small school in Vermont is reportedly about to commit an act that, for many animal advocates, will add yet another macabre note to the week.

, which specializes in what it calls “environmental liberal arts,” plans to slaughter Bill and Lou, two amiable oxen who have worked at the college’s farm for a decade. Then they will serve students the animals’ flesh.

Animal Issues Reporter interviewed the college’s Director of Communications Kevin Coburn via email, as follows. Read the rest of this entry »


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