LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 29:  Temple Grandin and Claire Danes attend HBO's Annual Emmy Awards Post Award Reception at The Plaza at the Pacific Design Center on August 29, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
via The Plate

Of the many stances and voices surrounding the meat industry, Temple Grandin’s is certainly worth a listen.

For nearly three decades, Temple Grandin has been leading the charge for animal welfare reform in the cattle industry from the inside out. I wanted to know exactly how she did it, and why she kept going in a world that didn’t always appreciate her. This is part one of a two-part look at the state of farm animal welfare.

Karmically, a beef steer leads a strange existence. Is it a bad one? Experts have looked at the philosophy behind that question, but I’m interested in a practical take. Day-to-day, do cattle live good lives? After working fifteen years in the cattle industry—first as a cowboy, then as a journalist—I know that the answer depends on how a steer’s handlers view animal welfare.

Read on at The Plate. 

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