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Vermont college feels heat over oxen’s fate

POULTNEY, Vt. – Lou munched grass on a farm at Green Mountain College, his legs unsteady and his days numbered. For a decade, the beloved ox and his teammate, Bill, worked the fields at the school, becom­ing the symbol of its farm program, until Lou aggravated a recurring leg injury this past summer.

Soon the pair will be on their way to a slaughterhouse. The college has decided, after exhaustive discussion that included input from students, to kill the oxen and serve them as hamburger in the campus dining hall.

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