At this stage, Boxer has fallen very ill and is bleeding from the mouth. His eyes are glazed, and he cannot even move. He is critically weakened by age and poor health. When Squealer is summoned, he informs the animals that Napoleon is making arrangements to have Boxer "treated in the hospital at Willingdon." He mentions that the veterinary surgeon there will provide Boxer with the best medical care possible.
A few days later, a large closed van drawn by two horses arrives to take Boxer away, supposedly to the hospital in Willingdon. The van has lettering on its side, and Benjamin, who can read, shouts to the animals that they are fools to believe that Boxer is being taken to a place of care. He stuns the animals when he reads the wording on the side of the van which states that it belongs to Alfred Simmons, a horse slaughterer and glue boiler in Willingdon. Benjamin shouts that Boxer is to be taken to the knacker's to be slaughtered and turned into glue and bone meal.
The animals are horrified and try warning Boxer, but, alas, he is too weak to escape from the van, and the two horses drawing it are too stupid to understand and, instead, speed up. The van leaves the farm, and Boxer is never seen again.
Three days after, Squealer announces that Boxer has died in hospital in spite of having received the utmost care. He explains that he had been present at Boxer's demise and that it had been "the most affecting sight" he has ever seen. He tells the distraught animals that Boxer had whispered in a very weak voice that his only regret "was to have passed on before the windmill was finished." Squealer further states that Boxer's last words were to encourage the animals forward, that Animal Farm should prosper, and that Napoleon, who is always right, should live long.
At the end of his speech, Squealer makes sure to dispel the rumor about Boxer having been taken to the knacker. He informs the animals that the van had previously been owned by the horse slaughterer and had been bought by the veterinary surgeon who had not yet removed the old wording. The animals are greatly relieved to hear this.