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  • Catherine Podojil

    It’s the students’ behavior/lack of resistance that bothers me more than that of the college officials, who, like most bureaucrats of any stamp, will fight to protect their worldview. But the kids – are they so brainwashed that none of them can break through and take a stand, or so committed to the school’s policies that none of them could have kept watch to see what actually happened? Is this a religious school, by the way?

  • There are some students who bravely contested the decision and have tried to look out for Bill and Lou, but they are young people with lives and classes (not to mention the need for sleep), so they could not be on the lookout at all times. That’s probably why this was done in the dead of night.

    This was originally a Methodist school, so all of this is particularly shocking in light of the history of Methodist concern for justice.

  • Reading the comments to the Boston.com article about the killing of Lou is like entering a world of pure hatred for animals and their advocates. That, plus the view that animals classified as “food” animals cannot possibly be reclassified as beings in their own right, plus the view that humans have “rights” and other-than-human animals have no rights. I have been deeply affected by VINE’s effort to save Bill and Lou from the fate that Lou has now met at the hands of those who needed him to be dead at the college. I am sure Lou was not “euthanized.” I wonder how Bill feels waking up in the morning and realizing he is alone. I wonder how Lou felt as he was dragged away from his partner of ten years in the middle of the night. Waking someone up in the dead of night to take them somewhere to be killed could never be euthanasia. Everything about this story is sad but it illustrates the animal farming mentality and what animals used for food are put through by the millions every day.

    Karen Davis, United Poultry Concerns.

  • A very astute observation re the middle of the night “disappearing”. We humans try to hide that which we find shameful. That whole organization/school and the human animals associated with it have much to be ashamed of.

    Thanks for writing this.

  • Ronnie Steinau

    What might we have done instead? Whatever we could have done, can we do it now to save Bill?