I understand that a decision has been made by Green Mountain College to put Bill and Lou, the oxen “down” despite the outpouring in support of allowing them to live out their lives at the farm that agreed to take them. I don’t know if anyone will actually read this email but I couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t at least plead with you one more time to reconsider.
The only argument I can make is that life is precious, no matter whose life it is. If we don’t have to kill then perhaps we shouldn’t. If you can’t find a way to let the oxen live out their lives then I hope you would at least escort them to the slaughterhouse and remain with them during their execution and see if you can still live with yourself after they are slaughtered.
It’s easy to sign for the order but unless you witness the act you are signing for then you’ll never know if you made a decision that wasn’t just in your best interest.
If you can’t agree to do that, please just scratch them lovingly between their eyes and tell them for me, “I’m sorry. I tried.”
KEVIN PATRICK HODGKISS
New Paltz, N.Y.
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