Vermont is agricultural state
The recent controversy about GMC’s plans for butchering the field oxen is a scar against sustainability. The inappropriate appeals for “sanctuary” for these farm animals, the denial of a student’s ability to really understand what it means to put meat on the table, the threats received by local slaughterhouses are all sad and unfortunate events.
Unless everyone of those advocating to spare the lives of these two animals never eats meat, wears leather, eats Jell-O, or partakes of any animal derived product, they should be ashamed of themselves. This is an agricultural state. We are proud of that heritage. And, yes that means we kill animals for meat and other products. Buying a neatly packaged steak, chicken or other animal product hides the consumer from the realities of what it means to eat meat.
GMC was advocating for a thoughtful respect for animals. They and we were deprived of this by the spectacle instigated by these misdirected, so called, animal-loving people.