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College euthanizes ox at center of uproar

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POULTNEY, Vt. -

After weeks of uproar, it turns out neither of Green Mountain College's team of oxen will be eaten.

In a statement Sunday, college officials said that the ox named Lou had been euthanized due to a recurring injury to his hind leg. Officials said Lou's partner, Bill, will stay on at the school farm and "receive care consistent with appropriate livestock practices."
     
Bill and Lou were retired this summer from the college's working farm. The school planned to slaughter and serve the animals in the college dining hall. But the decision drew fire from animal rights activists who wanted the oxen spared. School officials claimed some groups harassed and threatened local slaughterhouses, making it impossible for them to accept the animals in a timely manner.

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