VINE Sanctuary regrets any threats that may have been made by other animal advocates but reminds the Green Mountain College community that all of our communications have been respectful. We have consistently called for dialogue and offered to cooperate with the college in bringing this controversy to a conclusion that is happy for everybody.
Along those lines, VINE Sanctuary has contacted Farm Sanctuary—the oldest and most reputable farmed animal sanctuary in the country—to ask them if they have room for Bill and Lou and to offer to take in animals, if necessary, to create that room. Farm Sanctuary has affirmed their eagerness and ability to offer a home to Bill and Lou. Their communications director has been trying unsuccessfully to reach the college in recent days and will be happy to confirm the offer of sanctuary if her calls are returned.
VINE Sanctuary trusts that this will remove any impediment to sending Lou and Bill to sanctuary on account of Green Mountain College student or faculty hostility to VINE.
VINE Sanctuary reiterates our willingness to provide a permanent retirement home to Bill and Lou. Our sanctuary is closer to the college, so that students and alumni could visit Bill and Lou, and we would be delighted to care for them. However, we understand that the ongoing vilification of VINE on campus makes that an unlikely outcome.
Along with tens of thousands of people here in Vermont and around the world, we continue to implore Green Mountain College to abide by the agricultural tradition of kindly retiring elderly or disabled work animals. We are delighted that Farm Sanctuary can accommodate Lou and Bill, and we urge the college to seize that opportunity to bring this wrenching controversy to a happy ending.
Emailed to President Paul Fonteyn on 1 November 2012 with paper copy to follow.