Bill and Lou were an oxen team:
The story turns on two oxen named Lou and Bill who came to the College as youngsters, arriving malnourished from a dairy farm. For the next 10 years, the pair tilled the fields on Green Mountain's working farm. By all accounts, they enjoyed good lives. Then Lou sustained a leg injury, which did not improve with treatment or rest. As a community — administrators, faculty, and students — the College debated what to do, then announced in October that both oxen would be slaughtered and eaten.And animal rights activists went nuts. Even though the plan for all animals on the farm is that they would end their lives as food. All part of the cycle of life and death.
Life is not kind. Death for wild animals is, in most cases, not dignified and only at the end of a rich and rewarding life.