Cows Are Afraid Of The Dark

I was glad to see a new series of Horizon start this evening. I don’t watch much tv these days and this is one of the few programmes I make a point of watching. It’s always well worth the time and tonight’s edition was very interesting.

The Woman Who Thinks Like A Cow is a title that kind of grabs. So I was immediately intrigued and wanted to find out more. The previous link will reveal the full story but in short, its all about Dr. Temple Grandin an autistic who has written several books, including an autobiography, and is one of the world’s foremost experts on animal welfare. Not bad for someone who did not learn to speak until she was five.

Oops, better explain my title reference before I go…

One of Dr. Grandin’s achievements is to have gotten the American cattle industry to change how it handles cattle that are to be slaughtered. She has designed equipment that makes the process humane and has the ear of the industries great and good, as well as the US government’s. In one slaughterhouse, the cattle were getting distressed on entering. Not because they knew they were going to die but because it was too dark inside. Realising this, Dr. Grandin got the slaughtermen to open up the shutter doors of the abbatoir, flooding the place with light. Thereafter, they had no problem getting the cows to go inside.

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