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The Oxen at the Intersection
A Collision (or, Bill and Lou Must Die: A Real-Life Murder Mystery from the Green Mountains of Vermont)
Pattrice Jones
ISBN: 9781590564622
Book (Paperback)
Lantern Publishing & Media, Lantern Publishing & Media
$16.00
5 x 7
256 pages
June 18, 2014


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When Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont, announced that two oxen called Bill and Lou would be killed and turned into hamburgers despite their years of service as unofficial college and town mascots, pattrice jones and her colleagues at nearby VINE Sanctuary offered an alternative scenario: to allow the elderly bovines to retire to the sanctuary. What transpired after this simple offer was a catastrophe of miscommunication, misdirection, and misinterpretations, as the college dug in its heels, activists piled on, and social media erupted. Part true-crime mystery, part on-the-ground reportage, and part sociocultural critique, The Oxen at the Intersection is a brilliant unearthing of the assumptions, preconceptions, and biases that led all concerned with the lives and deaths of these two animals to fail to achieve their ends. How and why the threads of this story unspooled, as jones reveals, raises profound questions—most particularly about how ideas rooted in history, race, gender, region, and speciesism intersect and complicate strategy and activism, and their desired outcomes. In the end, notes jones, we must always ask, Where’s the body?

Pattrice Jones is an ecofeminist writer, scholar, and activist who, along with Miriam Jones, cofounded VINE Sanctuary, an LGBTQ-run farmed animal sanctuary that operates within an understanding of the intersection of oppressions. In addition to her books for Lantern, she has contributed chapters to Ecofeminism: Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth; Confronting Animal Exploitation: Grassroots Essays on Liberation and Veganism; Sister Species: Women, Animals and Social Justice; Sistah Vegan; Contemporary Anarchist Studies; Igniting a Revolution: Voices in Defense of the Earth; and Terrorists or Freedom Fighters?: Reflections on the Liberation of Animal.
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