It is obvious in visiting the Animal Sciences Building at Colorado State University that we are much indebted to Dr. Grandin’s lifetime work for the humane treatment of farm animals at the time of slaughter.
Watching Dr. Temple Grandin teach at Colorado State about humane slaughter techniques yesterday helped us to better understand how animals should be stunned during processing. The stunning is required by the federal Humane Methods of Slaughter Act and is enforced by the USDA. The day we were there was the day of the Final Exam. It was interesting to watch Dr. Grandin craft the exam questions on the chalk board.
As a teacher and also as a consultant for slaughter plants, Dr. Grandin stresses “Zero Tolerance” for inflicting any pain on an animal during the slaughter process.
It was an honor to talk with Dr. Grandin about her teaching and her ongoing concern about the humane violations in small-scale slaughter plants.