There is a sustainable agricultural college in Vermont that uses oxen as beasts of burden by the students to learn farming techniques. When one of the 2 resident oxen became injured it was planned that they would both be slaughtered (since they work as a pair) and served in the cafeteria. On the farm, this is called reality. Farmers that lose an animal that can’t be put into the food chain have to pay for it’s removal, or compost it.
Unfortunately, instead of just going ahead with the acquisition of new oxen to replace Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s menu, the admin of the college had a meeting with the members of faculty and attendees of college and word got out. Typical moonbat rallying led to a facebook and twitter campaign that garnered support and signatures (by some reporting thousands, or 3 million, or 4 million signatures, depending upon which source), because we all know that the lives of two oxen are more important than anything else we face today.
The decision to slaughter the oxen triggered a storm of protest that included e-mails to faculty and administrators and online alerts and petitions pleading for the animals to be sent to a sanctuary. Many messages were heated and some were threatening. Veganism is the Next Evolution, or VINE, Sanctuary in Vermont had offered to take them.
The college added: “These groups also harassed and threatened local slaughterhouses, making it impossible for them to accept our animals and carry out our decision expeditiously. One of the few Animal Welfare Approved slaughterhouses in the area was forced to cancel our appointment as a result of these hostile threats.”
Lou, the injured ox was euthanized and buried on college property a few weeks ago, because he was suffering and no longer fit for consumption. Result: wasting 1,000 lbs of meat and sending a message that threatening violence does pay. And did the sustainable farming college learn anything from this episode? It was obvious that they knew what was really going on.
The college president characterized the decision to slaughter the oxen as “a typical decision made every day on every farm.”
The animals, “worked for us,” he said. They were not pets. They were not mascots. They were working oxen on the farm. They’re now going to go on to the next stage.
“Others would say, ‘Why don’t you send them to a sanctuary?’ That could be another decision, but it wasn’t the decision that we made. Some people don’t like our decision. They want to force their views on us.”
Said Ackerman-Leist: “It’s now no longer just about Bill and Lou, no longer just about Green Mountain College. It’s about the ability of farms to make their own decisions about livestock.”
This story is a chilling example of what happens when the mob mentality is more powerful then reason. It’s with little consolation that academia was victim to the monster they helped create, as all our private property rights are now under assault.