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Must read: Temple Grandin two-part interview

Eats, chutes, and leaves: The well-known expert on humane slaughter dishes up several choice nuggets about how size and line speed aren't the determining factors when it comes to whether a slaughterhouse is "good" or "bad." What's important "is whether people care....There were some that were like the BP of...

The first rule of farming: Be prepared

(Steph Larsen photos)Everyone knows the Boy Scouts" motto: Be Prepared. While my immediate inclination is to ask "For what?", it"s as good a command as any to live by. One at which I failed miserably last week. I came home from work and went out to the sheep paddocks to make sure they looked healthy and had...

Why slaughterhouses should be open to the public

Why slaughterhouses should be open to the public: USDA and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture have suspended operations at the Bushway Packing plant in Grand Isle, VT, a facility that processes veal calves, pending a continuing investigation based on abuses uncovered by the Humane Society. Videotape from...

Looking your bacon in the eye: Notes from a slaughter class

By Jake Lahne I want to describe our unfamiliarity with animal slaughter as "startling," "surprising," or "shocking." After all, in the United States we consume a staggering amount of meat: more than 220 pounds per person per year on average. Yet while it's perfectly acceptable socially to be concerned with...

Mobile meat processing coming to Puget Sound

Slaughter, Airstream-style: Livestock producers in Washington's Puget Sound region are pinning their hopes on a 45-foot mobile meat processing unit that will travel from farm to farm, eliminating the logistical nightmares (including a several-hour drive) associated with the few mega-slaughterhouses still...

Happy meat needs humane slaughterhouses

Abattoir blues: A few farmers the Ethicureans know like to say they raise meat that "has only one bad day in its life" — the day they get loaded in trailers off the pasture and taken to a slaughterhouse. After talking to animal-slaughter expert Temple Grandin, Rebecca Marx writes: "While plenty of people...

A visual depiction of the US slaughterhouse industry

Extremely chilling animation depicting the rate of slaughter, in real time, of chickens, pigs, and cows last year in the USA. [Click image or here to go to Herbivore blog and...