Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 222 Printer Friendly Page More Sharing

Part Two, Talking with Dr. Temple Grandin, Author of "Animals in Translation"

By       (Page 3 of 6 pages)   No comments

Well, the thing that was interesting. I was involved in taking a lot of executives from McDonald's, Wendy's and Burger King out on their very first trips out to farms and meat plants. And you know when the animal welfare issue came up first, they go "Oh, animal welfare. Big hassle. Give it to the lawyers, give it to the public relations department. Make it go away. Then, when I took them out to the plants and things are going right and they're saying "That's not so bad, but when things were going bad, oh, eyes got opened up. They were saying "Whoa. There are some things here that we need to change. In other words, it had gone from being an abstraction that you delegate to the legal department to something real that they needed to do something about. And I was with some of these executives when they had a real shift in their attitude. Like, when they saw half-dead dairy cow headed for their product that really upset them.

So it's the hands-on stuff that makes the difference.

That's right. I took lots of executives - executives from McDonald's, Wendy's and Burger King, many executives from different companies - on their first trips to slaughterhouses and it was very interesting to watch eyes get opened up. They see something to send to the legal department finally becomes something real.

Something clicks for them.

That's right.

You've written and spoken about the genetic tinkering that's been done and which has led to some particularly cruel and extreme mutations in the animals that we eat. Could you give some examples?

First of all, the genetic things have been done with old-fashioned breeding; they've not been done with bio-tech. It's just been done with single trait selection for rapid growth in chickens, lots of milk in dairy cows, lots of lean pork in pigs. And they select for rapid growth, lots of lean pork and back fat. And they forgot about the importance of selecting the strong feet and legs. So they ended up with a lot of lame pigs. Or they ended up with pigs that were very aggressive and excitable. No one deliberately wants to have an excitable pig but when you select for that rapid growth and leanness, you tend to select a lean, mean pig.

Because he's always hungry.

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6

Rate It | View Ratings

Joan Brunwasser Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Joan has been the Election Integrity Editor for OpEdNews since December 2005. She writes on a large range of subjects and does many interviews and reviews.
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

John Robbins on "The New Good Life - Living Better Than Ever In an Age of Less" (4492 views)

Dr. Amy Banks on Keeping Those Grey Cells Fit As We Age (2417 views)

Omega Institute's Elizabeth Lesser on "Broken Open" and Personal Transformation, Part Two (1793 views)

Dick Bolles, "the most recognized job-hunting authority on the planet*" (1728 views)

FAN Brings Great Programs to New Trier Township Parents (1655 views)

Symphony of Science - The Music Video That's Actually Good for You! (1599 views)

Total Views: 13684

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend