Dr. Temple Grandin and cows
Forward reports that Dr. Temple Grandin, autistic animal science professor and author of last year’s bestseller Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism To Decode Animal Behavior, has deemed Kosher slaughterhouse AgriProcessors a “humane” facility. Grandin’s visit falls in the shadow of PETA’s video exposé of cruel conditions in the Iowa slaughterhouse—cows could be seen standing up and walking after their throats had been cut. As the animals struggled and slipped in their own blood, another employee pulled out the trachea and esophagus with a hook.
A spokesman for AgriProcessors denied that Grandin’s investigation had anything to do with PETA’s demands that she visit the faciltiy and offer suggestions for improvement. The spokesman stated that Grandin worked with AgriProcessors back in 1989 when the facility first opened. They had been looking forward to hire her as a consultant for many years and the timing of the consultation is merely a cowinkydink.
The article reports that after watching the rotating pen hang cows upside down and then slit their throats, slaughterhouse workers now listen for signs of consciousness before dumping the cows’ bodies. Grandin used her divine gift of intuition and many years of animal behavior expertise to access the situation: “I didn’t hear any cows mooing,” Grandin said. “When they do things wrong, cows moo.”
Am I wrong to be annoyed by Temple Grandin’s existence? It’s not that I don’t like her. It’s just that I’m irritated by the way people flock to her for answers as thought she were some sort of psychic bridge connecting humans to the minds of animals. Why don’t people take a much shorter leap of faith and listen to the voice in their heads that says all living creatures wanna keep on living, they don’t wanna die in some multi-million dollar “humane” slaughter complex? Is that so hard? Or is it just easier to pay some scientist with an “intimate” connection to animals to convience them that the cow who is now their hamburger died silent and stress-free and that makes everything okay.