An ox that lived on a Vermont college's farm has been put down despite an outcry over that decision. School officials have also decided that meat from the ox will be not used for food.
Green Mountain College says that because the animal was receiving medication for an injury, the meat was not fit for human consumption.
The 11-year-old ox, named Lou, and another ox were retired this summer from the college's farm. The school had planned to turn them into beef to be served in the college dining hall in keeping with the school's emphasis on sustainable agriculture.
But some animal rights activists had wanted the oxen spared and had found a sanctuary for them.
The college said Sunday that the injured ox was euthanized. The other ox will stay at the farm.
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