Grandin Speaks tells Ranchers to Better Explain Their Industry to Consumers

HOUSTON, (HLS&R) —Autism and cattle expert Dr.

Temple Grandin spoke about animal behavior, Autism and sensory-based thinking Friday, March 2 in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Grandin was diagnosed with Autism at 2 years old. During her childhood, Autism was misunderstood and it was thought that autistic children were just rebellious. At age 15, her mother made her go live with her aunt on a farm. It was there that she realized she had a special connection with cattle and the ability to visualize things the way cattle do to make handling them easier. Later, Grandin designed the way livestock are handled and humanely harvested today.

A main worry for Grandin is that people are becoming too far removed from agriculture and wildlife, creating a barrier for the different publics.

“Ranchers and the cattle industry need to talk to the general public about the daily things they do,” Grandin said. “If they do this, they will help people understand agriculture.”

Grandin also spoke about her battle with Autism and things a parent should do to help their autistic child develop. Items that are important to Grandin include social skills, finding things the child excels in and developing an area of strength.

“Find something they are interested in and that can turn into a career,” Grandin said. “Then you have to stretch their ability.”

Grandin has become a world-renowned spokesperson for animal handling, partially due to the HBO Movie “Temple Grandin,” that depicted her troubles with Autism and her role as a woman in ranching.

She feels that now that she has become famous, she has a responsibility to others who are autistic. Many people have written to her, explaining how great of an inspiration she is to them and making them feel like they could succeed with their autism.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a Section 501(c)(3) charity that benefits youth, supports education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. Since its beginning in 1932, the Show has committed approximately $283 million to the youth of Texas.

The 2012 Show continues through March 18. For tickets and more information, visit www.rodeohouston.com.

48 comments for “Grandin Speaks tells Ranchers to Better Explain Their Industry to Consumers

  1. Denise
    March 3, 2012 at 7:16 am

    “…“Ranchers and the cattle industry need to talk to the general public about the daily things they do,” Grandin said. “If they do this, they will help people understand agriculture….”

    Sorry Dr Grandin. The industry needs to change the images and information that antimeat, anticorporate, factory farming interests are revealing to the public…..from water and land policies to food safety. While you are at it, get the Ag industry to stop stonewalling and flat out lying about equine slaughter of US equines.

    In addition, when you, Dr Grandin can view video footage from an equine slaughter plant in Canada where some equines were CBG’d more than twice and NOT speak out, YOU have a credibility problem (I could also throw in ethics), not just a PR marketing scheme to relay to the “consumer”. I realize you, as all humans need a purpose, but you certainly don’t need the money. Not this way.

  2. Anotherhorseman
    March 3, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Dear Denise,

    Most professionals in Dr. Temple Grandin’s league choose to speak directly to the individuals or companies in error directly….they do not need to try and make a public spectacle of every incidence that ever occurs via the Media who seldom get anything right when reporting…especially when they are biased by individual thought and opinion.

    As far as Anti Meat information…the people(vast majority) that consume red meat will continue to do so..regardless of the rhetoric posted by fanatical fringe groups….in regards to factory farming…there is lots of misinformation and correct information available about big volume food production…what few realize is the “FACT” that the vast majority of the public demand low food prices…or as low as they can possibly be….with this type of mentality farmers and ranchers as well as all processors and wholesalers are forced to deliver the product as cheaply as possible…this inevitably results in consolidation of assets and available labor force…typically called “Corporate Agriculture/Marketing” in the quest of a lower cost of production and delivery while still allowing for some kind of financial return on assets.(However at times that does not exist either, for one reason or another be it economics or weather related phenomena…these events also dictate that for producers/wholesalers to survive they must have a huge critical mass so as to adjust for the shortfalls of economic return, as when margins of profit are small it takes a long time to make losses come back to profit positions on production.)

    In regards to U.S. Horses being slaughtered..as of yet their are no U.S. Horses being slaughtered(technically)…however there may be at some distant time in the future and you can complain about that when it occurs.
    What about the Canadian Horse..? well its not your Country to lodge a complaint in…but I’m sure many will do that for you….thankfully as time goes on…more and more horses will just be instantly killed via a proper caliber gunshot to the head.

    Denise…if you really want to get corporate farming and factory type food production to end then you should be the first one to lead the effort to educate the vast majority of the public in an pro agriculture educational campaign, one that would easily let them see that it is they…”The Public” who are for the most part responsible for the loss of the traditional family farming and local Mom and Pop(Family Owned) processors and direct retailers.

    In summary..why don’t you stop assassinating the character of quality industry professionals who are respected world wide and are truly involved and quit whining about all these problems and do something proactive about them…? (perhaps you could apply for a job as an assistant to Dr. Temple Grandin..? that would be a great starting point).

    Best Regards
    Anotherhorseman

    • admin
      March 3, 2012 at 1:41 pm

      Couple of things here. You caution Denise to tone down her rhetoric but in the second line of your second paragraph you call people who sincerely oppose you, right or wrong, as “fanatical fringe groups.” Perhaps if you spoke of them with respect and kindness they would be more inclined to listen to you.

      Second, you stated no American horse are being slaughtered. Surely that was a typo?

      The Editor

    • Denise
      March 3, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      I didn’t “assassinate” Dr Grandin’s character; I questioned her character.

      And the marketing “concept” she has proposed is odd. I’d explain, but then I’d get nine verbose paragraphs from you that really fail to address the issue, unless the issue for you is to just counter post to my posts.

      And as with the Editor/admin’s post, you gotta be kidding about horse slaughter in the US. More “dispatches from the bubble” I suspect.

    • March 3, 2012 at 7:15 pm

      I’m sure most of us wouldn’t care to be around Dr. Grandin. Anyone who says 11 hits with a captive-bolt pistol is acceptable is NOT acceptable to me.

      • Denise
        March 4, 2012 at 7:07 am

        I would actually be honored and pleased to spend some time with Dr Grandin. She is a very intelligent and unique individual. she has brought change to the meat industry, but I find fault with her resolve regarding all the problems that remain in that industry….and Human Consumption Horse Slaughter (HCHS) is part of that problem.

        I do not disagree with your disgust at her pseudo approval of the video of equines being CBG’d repeatedly. Also, she never seems to speak out on the production records and drug safety issues with regard to US equines used as meat for humans. There is something seriously compromised within that context.

        • March 4, 2012 at 7:29 pm

          Agree, Denise. Grandin may have made valuable contributions to the meat industry, and I used to admire her too. But, as you pointed out, there are so many issues with horse slaughter that she never mentions – serious issues for everyone involved.

          I don’t doubt that she can think like a cow, but I do NOT believe she understands horses at all, much less think like them. She should just say so.

    • KMG
      March 3, 2012 at 8:06 pm

      To”Anotherhorseman” — (or more appropriately “Anothercattleman”)

      While the public may “demand low food prices” it certainly isn’t what drives corporate or industrial farming methods — it is the huge profit margin for the producers; that began when they discovered that *many* animals could be raised in ever smaller sized areas with the application of antibiotics. Most of these animals are denied even the most basic expression of their natural behaviours as they are viewed as not a sentient being, but rather a mere ‘commodity.’
      You and your friends who defend the most egregious animal farming methods as well as the slaughter of horses (which we know is all about protecting the meat industry interests, and has *nothing* to do with the ‘welfare’ of starving and neglected horses) are finally being exposed thanks in large part to the internet and media outlets who are providing the public a glimpse of what really goes on with corporate food production.
      In addition, the use of Temple Grandin’s name by corporate farming industries used to give them a ‘free pass’ with the public for what they like to call ‘standard and accepted’ practices. Not so much anymore, as Ms Grandin’s recent admissions that her recommendations and designs are often ignored by those responsible for implementing them. Her credibility was further damaged when she gave an interview after watching the recent video from a Canadian facility SHE designed, and failed to find fault with the suffering of these horses that would be evident to even the most uninformed observer.

      The term “Agriculture” is becoming synonymous animal cruelty; and you have no one to blame but yourselves.

      • March 4, 2012 at 7:31 pm

        You NAILED it! On one Ag site, they asked the question, “When did Agriculture become a dirty word?” You just answered that question very well.

      • Anotherhorseman
        March 4, 2012 at 9:39 pm

        Dear KMG,

        Perhaps you could take the time to explain to all the farm and ranch families over the last 20 years or so why they have been put out of business..?

        Usually when a company/family business makes huge profits they tend to stay in the business that they understand and/or are born into…they do not leave the land(production base) and come to town seeking entry level jobs in new careers that yield a better income and way of life for the existing generation and those to come.

        Please explain this phenomena….

        Also….your lack of knowledge of livestock production/proper livestock husbandry is very obvious…..

        Best Regards
        Anotherhorseman

        • KMG
          March 5, 2012 at 11:09 am

          @anothercattleman;

          Please spare us all the suggestion that you and your horse-slaughter supporting friends are the only ones qualified to determine what constitutes ‘humane standards’ for animals.

          Sorry, but the animal agriculture industry, now dominated by corporate conglomerates like Smithfield, ConAgra, Tyson, Monsanto, etc., has operated carte blanche forever; not only do they enjoy government welfare called ‘farm subsidies’, but have always been able to make their own rules for “standard and accepted” practices for raising and handling animals.

          As the veil begins to lift, and the public becomes more aware of the egregious conditions and treatment many of these animals endure, the animal agriculture apologists attempt to convince the public that practices like veal crates, battery cages, gestation crates (and horse slaughter!) are *good* for the animals — the animals are “protected”, “healthier” even “happier” and that anyone who thinks otherwise is either 1.) an “AR” (as you like to call them) or 2.) a city-slicker “who don’t know nuthin’ ’bout raisin anymalls.”
          Of course, both of these stereotypes are designed to dismiss and discredit anyone who objects to what most 5 year olds can tell is often blatant and abject cruelty.
          You and your horse-slaughter enthusiast friends are losing the public perception battle thanks to increased public scrutiny — and deservedly so.

          • Anotherhorseman
            March 5, 2012 at 11:13 pm

            Dear KMG,

            Once again you are wrong…the results of a recent poll indicated that farmers and ranchers are in the top 5 most trusted professionals and individuals in urban/rural communities all across North America.

            Best Regards
            Anotherhorsman

          • admin
            March 5, 2012 at 11:15 pm

            Which begs the question, who published the poll. Never put something up like that without supporting it here.

          • Anotherhorseman
            March 5, 2012 at 11:34 pm

            Dear Admin,

            I believe it was in Readers Digest…I will try and find it again and direct you too the issue.

            Best Regards
            Anotherhorseman

          • admin
            March 5, 2012 at 11:43 pm

            You will need to name the poll, not the publication that published it. While I’m certain the result showed exactly what you say, I’m pretty demanding of the facts here. When people make an argument in this forum it must be supported.

            The Editor

          • Denise
            March 6, 2012 at 12:05 pm

            You “believe”????…sorry, that does not make fact or right.

          • Denise
            March 6, 2012 at 12:06 pm

            Post was for Anothermeatman who cheats.

            admin/Editor….posts are skipping.

          • March 7, 2012 at 12:15 pm

            And what year was that? 1955?

        • Becky
          March 5, 2012 at 12:18 pm

          To answer that, I’ll tell you what goes on here with the “family” farm. The farmer or his relatives see more money in selling out. So they sell out the highest bidder to become the next “Great Beige McSubdivision” or the lastest Wal-Mart parking lot. The real farmers at the farmer’s market (where I buy all my meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy) hate it as much as I do to see 40 acres here, 200 acres there, etc. parceled off. This drives up land prices because ground is gobbled up to become “Thousand Oaks Drive” in what used to be a cornfield.

          As the farm bureau endorses mega-farms (no matter corporations, hugely rich people, or around here AC churches that pay cash and have members farm it. So small farmers around here view the farm bureau as the enemy. It has absolutely NOTHING to do with people involved in improving the lives of farm animals.

          • March 5, 2012 at 6:52 pm

            You are SO right! I’ve lived here in rural Indiana for 20 years now, and gosh, how it has changed! Family farms sold off in parcels or sold to large corporate farms. It’s really sickening.

            In a couple of decades – maybe sooner – this won’t even be an “agricultural” area. Sad.

          • Anotherhorseman
            March 5, 2012 at 11:22 pm

            Dear Becky,

            While its true that the people that actually are on the farms/ranches do in fact usually sell out to the highest bidder…the very reason they do this is not to become rich…they generally sell so as to not have to continue to carry a stifling amount of debt that has accrued from to many years of below cost of production.

            Believe me…I know many a farmer/rancher who would have loved to continue and passed the land onto his/her children…however..the cheap food policy of North America has not allowed for this to occur. I might add that in many countries farmers and livestock producers earn as much as any Lawyer or Doctor would earn if they were proficient at their trade….not so on the North American Continent.

            Best Regards
            Anotherhorseman

        • March 5, 2012 at 6:46 pm

          Family farm were squeezed out by Big Ag. Big Ag can weather the storm they start with their underhanded tactics, and family farms get tarred with the same brush.

          We aren’t talking “Family Farms” here and you know it. Spare us your condescending attitude. You have NO idea who any of us are or what we know. We on the other hand, have YOU nailed.

          • KMG
            March 5, 2012 at 7:50 pm

            ^ This.

          • Anotherhorseman
            March 5, 2012 at 11:28 pm

            Dear Suzanne,

            You have me pegged..? not even remotely close…you are way off base….but your right..I have no idea who you are..however by your continued revealing of your actual knowledge of livestock and modern production methods…I do know that you have not a clue..under your control and guidance the world would starve to death.

            Best Regards
            Anotherhorseman

          • March 6, 2012 at 10:18 pm

            To AnotherGreed ~ You pegged yourself as far as integrity goes. As long as you believe our responsibility for tainted meat ends when our horses cross the border, I must conclude that integrity is foreign to your nature.

            As for your rants about small farmers – which NONE of us have a problem with – WHAT does that have to do with horse slaughter?

          • March 7, 2012 at 12:12 pm

            To Another ~ You have no idea what I might know, although I don’t believe I’ve posted anything about my ideas on animal husbandry. I did not grow up on a farm, but both my parents did. You might be surprised at what they passed down to me.

            CFOs and Battery chickens are NOT “animal husbandry” in any meaning of the word. I assume you don’t even know what animal husbandry IS.

    • Diana Bodensteiner
      March 4, 2012 at 8:26 am

      Anothercattleman you might want to get your facts straight. About the no US horses being slaughtered, you don’t understand what technically is going on. All US horses that go to slaughter in Canada and Mexico must be micro chip identified as US horses by USDA before the Mexican or Canadian inspector will evaluate them for acceptance. That permanently identifies them as US horses, and their forged US drug affidavits are passed on by the USDA with their micro chip identification.

  3. Anotherhorseman
    March 3, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Dear Editor,

    I stand corrected(I should refer to those folks as “fringe groups” who loudly, via media, profess they are right) as a member of the vast majority(who are politely silent) that find that red meat of all origins of species is delicious and good for me/us. (It is also an economically feasible source of protein and a renewable resource).

    As for U.S. Horses…..once they are purchased by a foreign entity and cross the border into Mexico and Canada they are considered to be of that country of origin, no USDA Stamp/inspection needed….perhaps I am in error..? please correct me if so.

    Best Regards
    Anotherhorseman

    • March 3, 2012 at 7:22 pm

      Hmmmm… Did you miss the poll by Lake Research Partners, one of the most respected polling firms in Washington when they found that 80% of Americans are STRONGLY against horse slaughter?

      Here’s the link: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/aspca-research-confirms-americans-strongly-oppose-slaughter-of-horses-for-human-consumption-138494089.html

    • Ttoys
      March 3, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      Anotherhorseman…you are technically correct regarding no USDA Stamp/inspection for horse meat butchered in Mexico and Canada. However, country of origin is still USA, which is different from a “product of X”. The EU has caught on to this fact (with regard to the sheer number of American horses exported over our borders to Canadian and Mexican abattoirs) and as a result of its catching on to what’s going on, the EU will begin requiring passport documentation for each and every horse slaughtered in these facilities in an effort to enforce strict adherence to EU rules regarding drugs and medications entering its food chain. The list is long and the EU is serious. As the EU is the target market, Canadian and Mexican abattoirs will have no recourse but to comply with the EU’s rules for traceability of horse meat destined for the dinner plates of EU citizens. By default, means any horse alive today or born this year, will be ineligible for slaughter for the EU market since no such passport system exists on this side of the pond.

      Regarding factory farming….it does not help the reputation of factory farms when Ag Gag laws are suggested or passed – it merely makes people more suspicious of what is going on and what are they trying to hide. While more and more people are calling for corporate transparency, it makes no sense for the agricultural sector to engage in what can only be interpreted as cover-up tactics.

      And finally, before you make any assumptions, I own 5 horses and was raised on a farm that raised beef and lamb. I know what it takes to put meat on a table and I also know it is not necessary to treat animals, destined for our tables, cruelly or inhumanely just because we can or in the name of the almighty dollar.

      • Denise
        March 4, 2012 at 8:54 am

        As to the USDA “stamp”, an similar argument can be made about processed and live animals brought INTO the US, only in reverse but with comparable food safety results.

        OOOOOhhhhhh….think there is a problem?

    • March 4, 2012 at 7:40 pm

      Another said:”As for U.S. Horses…..once they are purchased by a foreign entity and cross the border into Mexico and Canada they are considered to be of that country of origin, no USDA Stamp/inspection needed….perhaps I am in error..? please correct me if so.”

      You really disgust me with this. They ARE from the US and they ARE loaded with banned substances, but when they cross the border, well, by golly, they ain’t our responsibility cuz we ain’t the country of origin no more.

      Ever hear this one? “The true measure of a man is what he would do if he knew it would never be found out.” Guess we know YOUR true measure.

  4. shirley smith
    March 3, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    I have been out talking to the public and most of them think its terrible to slaughter horses for food and say Americans don’t eat horses. So I hope they all stand up against opening slaughter plants here in the USA!! Why doesn’t Grandin and the rest of them admit there is no humane way to slaughter a horse!!!!

  5. sandra
    March 3, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    I am sorry Anotherhorsemen: That comment that once the horses cross the border they are no longer US horses? Are you kidding me? That was an embarrassingly ludicrous statement. In that vein, why not just say when we cross into another country are we no longer Americans? Because our American horses are shipped to Canada and Mexico and purchased by a foreign country, it doesn’t change the fact. They are still OUR AMERICAN HORSES.

  6. CanAmFam
    March 3, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    I appreciate Temple Grandin’s work with the cattle industry to help make the slaughter process less terrifying, and also greatly admire her initiative to overcome her challenges with autism.

    What I object to are people imbuing her with the credibility to comment as an expert on things like communications strategy or market dynamics. She is an animal scientist. She is not a student of communications, economics or markets. We should remember that when she makes comments like “Ranchers and the cattle industry need to talk to the general public about the daily things they do.”

    As Denise articulated so well previously, the public has never understood MORE about the daily things ranchers do, with the advent of Facebook and YouTube. We see and hear every day about routine abuse and neglect that occurs in agriculture and is deemed ‘part of doing business’. THAT is the problem and THAT is what needs fixing. We don’t Agriculture to dump more millions into PR, we need them to fix the underlying practices that are what people object to.

    In addition, Agribusiness loves it when Temple makes market predictions, like Prop 6 in CA leading to mass imports of Mexican eggs, or banning horse slaughter in the US will lead to tens of thousands of horses exported illegally to Mexico. Again, she is WAYYY out of her realm of expertise with these comments and they assume our US border patrol with Mexico is operating fraudulently. And perhaps not coincidentally, her opinions mirror the unfounded paranoia of her American Agricultural clients.

    • Ttoys
      March 3, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      Well stated.

      Would like to add here that Ms Grandin will be in Missouri on March 12, about an hour away from Mountain Grove, where Sue Wallis is planning on building a horse slaughter facility.

      “The Rolla FFA Chapter, Rolla FFA Alumni, and County Cattlemen’s Associations are proud to host Dr. Temple Grandin on March 12, 2012. The presentation will begin at 6:00 p.m. and be held on the Missouri University of Science and Technology’s campus in the Leach Theatre.”

      Some people feel this is no coincidence and the real reason for Ms Grandin being there is not for the benefit of the FFA, but to add some credence to Sue Wallis’ plans for her so-called “processing” plant plans….she doesn’t call it slaughter plant anymore because that’s just too distasteful for the general public.

      • kmg
        March 4, 2012 at 12:59 am

        Wallis and “Puppymill” Patterson are holding their townhall meeting to pitch their horse slaughter plant on March 12th in Twin Cities…coincidence? Hardly.

  7. March 3, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    I am appalled that Temple Grandin who is an animal scientist would support the slaughter of animals that are NOT raised for meat. They are the cast offs of industry that overbreeds on purpose, hoping nature will somehow produce a million dollar foal that will produce finacial reward for them, and then after they have drained every penny out of the horse, winner or not they insist on getting those last few dollars by sending it to slaughter. Which is NOT humane never has been never will be!
    But I digress back to the fact that horses are not raised for slaughter and are given drugs banned from the human food chain even if given to the horse once in a lifetime. Governments turn a blind eye to this, and I am just waiting for the lawsuit, same as happened with cigarettes.Quote from the following link ” “We want to ensure that the public is never exposed to residues of this toxic drug.’’

    Phenylbutazone is known to induce blood dyscrasias, including aplastic anemia, leukopenia, agranulocytosis, thrombocytopenia and deaths. Hypersensitivity reactions of the serum-sickness type have also been reported. In addition, phenylbutazone is a carcinogen, as determined by the National Toxicology Program.”
    Why is Dr. Grandin not speaking about this?
    Here is a link to a paper from the FDA statinghttp://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/FDAVeterinarianNewsletter/ucm100265.htm

  8. March 3, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    As for Dr. Grandin’s comment that” “Ranchers and the cattle industry need to talk to the general public about the daily things they do,” Grandin said. “If they do this, they will help people understand agriculture.”
    The people in the audience must have had a good laugh over that statement, when they are trying so hard to prevent the public from even being able to photgraph the outside of factory farm buildings. Big ag spin doctors are trying to instill language into the public arena, such as salvage fees for the money paid when a horse is sold to slaughter, recyle iniatives when talking about the slaughter of horses, and to label the people who are against it as animal terrorists. Yea they really want to tell us what they are up to, so we will “understand” Trouble is we DO UNDERSTAND and that is what they are afraid of!
    That statement says to me that Dr. Grandin has no understanding of what is happening and she is being used as a pawn to promote and further an agenda that she has spent her life trying to change.

  9. Caren Powell
    March 4, 2012 at 1:18 am

    I unfortunately was unable to take my 14 year old son to see Temple Grandin speak yesterday. My daughter was in a critical roll over accident on Wed. Speaking from the point of view of: A mother of a child with Apsberger’s Autism, A rancher, and a person who is against all slaughter of horses, I think all of you have missed the opportunity to understand the mind of an Autistic person. When you have read 3 books about Asberger’s and truly understand the mind of such person, you can make comments about Temple Grandin. Until then, let’s stay on track, and stop using this site as a platform for your own beliefs. When you do enlighten yourselves you will see how much you have missed in these truly remarkable people, and you should feel very ignorant about your comments.

    • Denise
      March 4, 2012 at 6:44 am

      I am sorry that your children have these serious health issues to deal with. I send you my deepest sympathies.

      However, Dr Grandin did not go and speak about autism as the main focus of her presentation at the Houston Livestock event….one of THE biggest in the country. She is there as an animal science and production scientist that happens to be autistic, and therefore it effects her occupation choice thought process and approach to problem solving which is the traditional US the meat industry.

      Also, being autistic is not the issue here. Dr Grandin’s ethics are, no matter the synthesis.

      And you should feel ashamed that you use your children as props in a post condemning those that don’t agree with you about HORSE SLAUGHTER, that’s right…this about horse slaughter, not autism.

      I haven’t missed anything. Dr Grandin has. And don’t tell me it is because she has autism. No one puts a gun to her head to publicly speak and I would venture to guess she gets a hefty speaking fee. In essence, your post makes very little sense….but you are free to make it, as I am free to make mine.

      • Denise
        March 4, 2012 at 6:46 am

        Excuse me….should read, “…that don’t agree with you about DR GRANDIN AND horse slaughter….”.

      • CanAmFam
        March 4, 2012 at 10:36 am

        Well said Denise.

    • March 4, 2012 at 7:59 pm

      What does our understanding – or lack thereof – of Asperger Syndrome have to do with Dr. Grandin’s failings when it comes to horse slaughter? I’ve known about Dr. Grandin since I was a child, and was fascinated by her ability to “think like a cow.” As a person who is not autistic but does think in pictures, I read many books and articles on the subject.

      Don’t tell a person what they do or don’t understand when you know nothing about them. I’ve owned horses for 35 years and I can say with some authority that Dr. Grandin does not understand horses – yes, I’ve read what she has said about horses, and it’s clear she has never spent time with them. Just because she can think like a cow does NOT mean she can think like a horse. The two species are about as different as two species can possibly be.

      I’m terribly sorry your daughter got injured and wish her nothing but the best for a complete recovery.

  10. Irene Filacchione
    March 4, 2012 at 7:33 am

    The slaughter of horses is wrong on many levels. Their killing cannot be made humane, plain and simple. The (now retired)chief inspector testified to this in detail to congress in 2007 and the information is available on the internet. If one spends a few minutes on you tube researching this issue, this will become clear and does not need to be argued over. It is there for all to see. The question becomes how do you feel about this? Most people have enough compassion, common decency, whatever you want to call it, not to condone such a horrific death. Even those who don’t know much about horses have eyes and can see what is going on. Some people don’t care and some people care more about the few dollars they make on these horses’ misery to care. I’ve read Temple Grandin’s books but that doesn’t make me ignore what my eyes can plainly see, that she is wrong about the slaughter of horses. This is not what should happen to them, even if their meat were not made toxic by the medications they’ve been given. Horses are our friends, companions, and have helped build our civilization for thousands of years and helped settle this country. The reason they are living in the barn is because of their size, but to most of us who love and care for these animals they are close friends and we want to protect them, not subject them to slaughter, a “horrific death that no horse should have to endure under any circumstance”, according to the Veterinarians for Equine Welfare. This understanding must be missing from Temple Grandin’s conscience or mind, or wherever such knowledge resides. No amount of rationalization will change these facts. And there are many reasons given for slaughter, but when you examine them you realize slaughter is not the solution to any of the problems. It starts with the “pony mills” of AQHA, TB, followed by exploitation, plain and simple, and then squeezing out the last drop of these horses by throwing them away and sending them to this horrific end. Slaughter advocates should stop explaining away the facts and just admit a few bucks is what motivates them. Anybody can understand that. Maybe not admire or agree with it, but at least understand it. All the phony contortions make no sense, that is clear.

  11. March 4, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Just read this intersting quote from Temple Grandins book Animals in Translation hard cover page 179 “If I had my druthers humans would have evolved to be plant eaters, so we wouldn’t have to kill other animals for food. …I’ve tried to eat vegetarian myself” Then she goes on to say that she thinks because she is autistic that she has a different metabolic system than non autistic people that prevents her from being able to be vegetarian. Found this interesting, that if her dietary voyage into being a vegetarian,had been successful, her mantra might be entirely different!

  12. Linda Horn
    March 5, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Temple Grandin has called for those opposing horse slaughter to suggest alternatives. I was recently in a Facebook conversation with someone who fervently supports horse slaughter, and provided so many articles and links to programs existing TODAY she urged me to stop! Maybe I should send them to Temple.

    • March 5, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      Maybe you should – seriously!

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