MIEventer, while I agree with your sentiment, we have to remember Boers are MEAT goats. It's what the breed was developed and bred for, and if you are raising a buckling/whether of that breed, it will always have to be in your mind that the chances are very high he will eventually be slaughtered. I can appreciate IlovemyPhillips position, while I might not agree with it. If he was to be raised for slaughter he should have been raised as an animal destined for slaughter and your emotions towards him should reflect that. If he was to be raised as a pet, then you should either make sure a pet home is provided, if you can't find someone else he should always have a place with you. Goats don't eat much and whethers don't sell for much so I'm inclined to think there is more to this story than we are hearing. But either way the fault is not in the goat likely being headed for slaughter, but lies instead with the person who made a slaughter animal into a pet she couldn't ultimately commit to keeping.
I raised LaManchas for years myself and couldn't even fathom ever letting even one go to anything but a pet home. My girls were fantastic milkers, and those of my bucklings that weren't great breeding quality were whethered and went to pet/brusheater homes. My goats were my babies and pets. But they were dairy animals, not meat animals. When Boers made their appearance on the american market, I had not the slightest interest in them, and still don't. They are a popularity animal right now - but they are still ultimately what they are - slaughter animals. You wouldn't likely keep an angus steer as a pet either.