Tuesday November 13, 2012

POULTNEY (AP) -- The Green Mountain College ox that was put down amid an outcry by animal rights activists over the college’s decision to process the animals into meat will be not used for food.

The college says 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 planned to turn them into beef products to be served in the college dining hall in keeping with the school’s emphasis on sustainable agriculture.

But some activists 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 school farm.