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Green Mountain College - Vermont USA. President - Paul J. Fonteyn , Board of Trustees

Dear Green Mountain College -
we the undersigned request that you listen to our pleas for compassion.
Bill and Lou have served Green Mountain School for 10 years and are loved by students, faculty, and the public. In addition to the cruelty of sending these gentle animals to slaughter because they are old and ailing, your plan to serve the animals in the school's dining hall shows a disturbing lack of compassion for animals who are loved by your community and student body.

VINE Sanctuary is offering to give Bill and Lou the retirement they deserve--including paying all transport and veterinary costs. At the sanctuary, they would be able to roam freely, spend quality time together, and live out of the rest of their lives in peace. Please make the compassionate decision to release these animals to a sanctuary.

People around the country as well as your own students have expressed how much they care about Bill and Lou, and it's the schools turn to show some heart and let VINE rescue Bill and Lou.
Please make the compassionate decision to release these animals to VINE sanctuary.


Jessy Svetanoska

This petition closed about 3 years ago

How this will help

Bill and Lou are two oxen who have been used by Green Mountain College in Vermont for 10 years. These cuties are so loved by students that they are even featured on the school's Facebook page. But...

Bill and Lou are two oxen who have been used by Green Mountain College in Vermont for 10 years. These cuties are so loved by students that they are even featured on the school's Facebook page. But the future looks grim for Bill and Lou, as the school is currently planning on sending the animals to slaughter because they are old and ailing—and then serving their meat at the school!

VINE Sanctuary—an animal refuge in Vermont—has offered to arrange transport and veterinary care for both Lou and Bill as well as a permanent home where they can roam and live out the rest of their lives in peace, but so far the school has refused to let the sanctuary save them.

Bill and Lou will be killed if we don't speak up NOW.
Please sign the petition... or- send a polite letter to officials at Green Mountain College and ask them to do the right thing and let VINE save Bill and Lou from death at a slaughterhouse.

Green Mountain College | One Brennan Circle | Poultney, Vermont 05764 | 800-776-6675 |

Contact Us

The Office of Admissions is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Summer hours (mid-May through August) are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Green Mountain College -Office of Admissions
One Brennan Circle Poultney, VT 05764

Phone: (800) 776-6675
Fax: (802) 287-8099
[email protected]

Robert J. Gould, Vice President for Enrolment Management; Dean of Admissions
Allison Cota, Senior Associate Director of Admissions
Bethany Everett, Assistant Director of Admissions
Madeleine Mackell, Admissions Counsellor
Brandy Bunkley, Admissions Counselor
Emma Wallace, Admissions Counselor
Barbara Almeida, Admissions Counselor
Hope Chambers, Hospitality Coordinator
Board of Trustee's -



POULTNEY, Vermont. - Oxen team Bill and Lou have been beloved hard workers at the Green Mountain College farm for 10 years.
"They would plow and cultivate, and spread their manure and the manure of other animals," said Ben Dube, a research assistant.
The oxen are part of the farm's plan to be fossil-free. Instead of tractors, Bill and Lou do the work. But this summer, Lou suffered an injury and can barely walk. And Bill can't pull the plow alone.
"Doing any work with them is a question. Even putting them in the yoke and not pulling anything," Dube said.
The school already bought replacements, but kept Bill and Lou as pets until they could collaborate with the students, who were on summer break, about Bill and Lou's fate.
"Because it is an educational, sustainable farm, we think we've got to help students understand how to make farms work ecologically, socially and economically," said Bill Throop, the provost at Green Mountain College.
The consensus: to slaughter Bill and Lou for meat. This would save the school from purchasing meat from a factory for at least a month.


VINE Sanctuary is ready to take these animals in for a peaceful life after all their contribution to their human owners. And despite many 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.

Please help and send a heartfelt, courteous email to the following people:
Bill Throop Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs: [email protected]

Kenneth Mulder Farm Manager, Research Associate & Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies: [email protected]


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