Humane Handling of Cattle
We owe this practice almost entirely to one woman, Temple Grandin
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 who has done so much for the autistic community but also so much for the planet, in terms of actually doing something toward more human treatment of animals.
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.
Because of Temple Grandin, many slaughterhouses now practice far more human treatment of animals than was the case before implementing the things Temple Grandin proposed.
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?
If you haven’t see the movie with Claire Dane, I highly recommend it.