Calves on their Way to be Veal

Close up of calf on trailer with sun

Early on Tuesday morning, August 7th, we accompanied Terri Lawton as she transported three calves and a steer to a slaughterhouse out of state.  It was about a 50-minute drive.  The calf chewing on my shirt on the July 15th post from the Lawton Farm is the one in the middle of the three pictured … [Read more...]

Fencing and Farming with the Shelley Family

Family Fencing

We visited Eric Shelley and his family on his farm in Cobleskill, New York, on July 14th 2012.  We wanted to learn more about what he does when he is not teaching students about humane slaughter, cutting and packing. On this very hot July Saturday, the main task was to put up new fencing for the … [Read more...]

Milk Cows and Veal Calves at Lawton Farm

Me and Terri in Field with Cow

On July 11th we visited Terri Lawton on her farm in Foxboro, MA. This three hundred year-old farm, which has been in the Lawton family for generations, is a welcome anomaly in the vicinity of Gillette Stadium. We were privileged to be invited to watch her milk her Ayrshires, a breed quite … [Read more...]

Sausages and a Turning Point

Eric Teaches Sausage

Perhaps the ultimate metamorphosis is for an animal to go from being a living being to being a sausage. Nothing about a sausage looks like flesh or bone. But Eric Shelley tells us that "we can't stop thinking about the fact that this was once a living being four days ago." A pig. A pig that is now … [Read more...]

Teaching Humane Harvesting at SUNY Cobleskill

Eric shows me pig in pen

David and I visited Eric Shelley at the SUNY Cobleskill Meat Lab again today and learned more about humane slaughter. He spent a lot of time explaining to his students how to determine if a stun has been done correctly and if an animal has lost consciousness. We had never seen the slaughter of … [Read more...]

Presentation at the University of Oslo


Last week I was invited to give a presentation about my research on humane slaughter at The Rhetoric of Human-Animal Relations Workshop at the University of Oslo, May 29th - 30th 2012. The workshop, organized by Kristian Bjørkdahl, was sponsored by the University Centre for Development and … [Read more...]