POULTNEY, Vt. — A Vermont college euthanized one its farm oxen Sunday that have been at the center of an uproar over the college's decision to process the animals into meat.
The 11-year-old ox, named Lou, was put down after a recurring injury to his hind leg continued to deteriorate, Green Mountain College in Poultney said.
Lou and another ox were retired this summer from the college's working farm. The school planned to turn them into beef products to be served in the college dining hall as it has done with other livestock and in keeping with the school's emphasis on sustainable agriculture.
That decision drew fire from animal rights activists who wanted the oxen spared and had found a sanctuary for them.
In a statement, the college said it decided to euthanize Lou after veterinarians agreed his condition would worsen.
The arrival of cold temperatures and icy conditions are certain to increase his suffering, and we have concurred with our veterinarians' judgment that it was not humane for him to suffer further, the statement said.