Have you seen the HBO movie Temple Grandin?

I think you should.

Because Temple Grandin, Doctor of Animal Science and professor at Colorado State University, bestselling author,
and consultant to the livestock industry in animal behavior,
is an extraordinary person.

Find out a lot more about her, in here.

Following photographs are from a New York Times story about Creekstone Farms, the 450,000-square-foot processing plant in Arkansas City, one of the most advanced slaughterhouses in the country, and for Grandin was a consultant for.

"Cattle enter temperature-controlled pens suffused in low, even light. There are no distractions like white-garbed workers. “Cattle balk at color contrasts, reflections, shadows,” said Temple Grandin, the slaughterhouse consultant who designed that and other features of the facility. Her goal was to reduce stress and fear in the animals, as some studies have suggested that they harm the quality of meat and are factors in producing so-called dark cutters, cattle whose meat appears brownish or blackish and may be sticky to the touch."

In Animals Are Not Things Grandin writes;

"To discuss whether or not animals should be property, I first have to define what the word property means in a concrete manner. I will limit my discussion to the framework of the U.S. legal system and culture. When I own an item as property, I am allowed to do certain things with it. If I own a cow and a screwdriver I can sell them, give them away, destroy them, experiment on them, eat them, put them in my will, profit from them, or use them in my business. I am also allowed to buy another cow or screwdriver. For example, I am allowed to slaughter the cow or destroy the screwdriver in a stamping press. Although absurd, I could even eat the screwdriver if I ground it into very fine powder. Both the cow and the screwdriver can be used in my business and I can put them in my will. I am allowed to modify cattle by selective breeding and I can modify my screwdriver by painting its handle green..."

"However, both the laws in the U.S. and our culture put severe restrictions on the kinds of things I can do to the cow and but place no restrictions on the things I can do to the screwdriver. I could be punished for felony animal abuse if I stabbed the cow in the eye with the screwdriver, but there would be no penalty for mangling the screwdriver and slowly destroying it by hitting it with my hammer."

"There is a fundamental difference between cows and screwdrivers. Cows feel pain and screwdrivers do not.
I am allowed to kill the cow for food but she must be killed in a manner that will not cause pain."