2 thoughts on “Lessons about audits from Temple Grandin”

  1. Well perceived. The slaugther industry needs to be rethought altogether. Not to forget, that PRODUCTIVITY (number of carcasses per day) increased tremendously while applying the improved processing methods. Cattle will get slaughtered at 9 month old no matter what, pumped with hormones and antibiotics due to bean counters comparing cost of raising/lifespan vs. cost per pound. The carbon footprint of the slaughter-industry will be a major percentage of our emissions in the near future. The quality of life for the animals is nill – the next challenge is to breed headless chickens, that have only chests and drumsticks and then we are at the green meat : no emissions, call it INVITROMEAT.COM
    As far as the Wild Horse slaughter summit. It is far different to take a docile cow in circles all her life (9 months) that is, and meet the hammer at the end vs taking a mature wild horse from the range by helicopter, then process it, metal to flesh, determine it to be EXCESS and aggress it into a trailer confinement, transport and slaughter facility…
    Stop the indiscriminate breeding – manage the horses on the range – aggression of this kind towards a wild living animal (see buffalo) is not acceptable.

  2. Hi Gabriele,

    I unfortunately don’t know much about the wild horse slaughter summit, but I agree with you on the quality of life piece continuing to be a challenge. I had a really interesting conversation with a fellow who owned a series of feedlots in the US and he made the point that the carbon emissions of feedlot beef is much smaller than that of grassfed beef – mainly because of the smaller amount of food and pasture required (he said a typical feedlot cow is 9-14 months old at slaughter, while a grass fed one is about 4 years old). However, the quality of life piece still nagged in my mind. I was recently at a Whole Foods as well and noticed their new animal welfare rating system, that seems to take in several quality of life factors into consideration. To me, this is an issue that I’m still coming to grips with!

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