Dirt Road Charm

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Temple Grandin knows best

Recently a California slaughterhouse was shut down by the USDA due to a video reported by a group called Compassion over Killing.  This group got one of their members hired into the slaughterhouse and collected video over a two week period.  The video was narrated in a way to make you believe only the worst was happening.  While not all the accusations are correct some sadly are. 

Not all parts of the industry are perfect and you do have bad seeds that give the industry a bad name.  This happens in all industries...not just agriculture.  I was excited to see that Dr. Temple Grandin issued a statement about the video because she is probably the most knowledgeable about the issue.  For those of you who don't know who Temple Grandin is let me give you a little insight...Dr. Grandin is a designer of livestock handling facilities and a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. She is passionate about animal handling, facility design, and animal welfare.  She is the most accomplished and well-known autistic person in the world.  She has written many books and they even made a movie about her!  She is just an all around incredible lady that I had the amazing opportunity to meet while attending Michigan State University.  You can learn more about her here.

I wanted to share her statement with you because she doesn't attempt to cover up or sugar coat the incidents that were portrayed in the video.  She calls out what is false and admits to what is wrong and needs to stop.  Take a look....98248-temple-grandin-issues-statement-over-central-valley-meats-undercover-video

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