Inspired by Temple Grandin

Humane Handling of Cattle – We owe this practice almost entirely to one woman, Temple Grandin




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by Neva J. Howell unless otherwise noted

Claire Dane captures Spirit of Temple Grandin

Wow. Wow. Wow.

I recently saw the movie about Temple Grandin. Claire Dane was incredible, playing this incredible woman.

For those who may not know the name, Temple Grandin grew up autistic and suffering in ways that only autistics can completely understand. Temple Grandin also grew up knowing that she wanted her life to make a difference in the world. I hope she knows just how much of a difference she has made.

Temple Grandin could understand how cattle think and feel. She knew this. She knew that the way slaughter houses were doing things was not only very cruel but also inefficient. It was the money thing that caught the attention of the slaughterhouse folks. Temple designed a circular path and defined every element of confusion or fear that a cow might experience on their way to slaughter. She helped create a tremendously more humane way. The cattle experienced no fear or struggle when handled the way Temple suggested.

She said “nature is cruel but we don’t have to be.”

Temple Grandin’s design is now used in over half the slaughterhouses in the U.S. and my only question is why isn’t it required in all of them?

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