Spencer Lo has a very readable and thorough editorial on the controversial oxen here. Is it particularly wrong for Green Mountain College to eat these two animals, as opposed to eating two other animals? In terms of harm done, it's better than eating two factory farmed animals, and roughly the same as eating two anonymous humanely farmed animals. So not particularly wrong. It's strange, though, to form a bond with specific animals and then turn around and eat them. Would you really want to eat a plate of Lou? Would you want to say "Lou sure is tender and tasty?" The protest against eating Bill and Lou goes beyond that, though. The protestors aren't just saying "You folks are weird!", they're saying the act of killing and eating Bill and Lou is especially wrong, compared to killing and eating other animals. It is hard to see how that could be true.