Years ago I heard about the accomplishments of Dr. Temple Grandin with regard to slaughter houses and animal welfare. I was so curious about this woman, who she was, and how she had come to this fundamental understanding of cows, which until then had never been understood. The documentary below explains her story.
The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow (Horizon 2006)
Dr. Temple Grandin has a unique ability to understand the animal mind – and she’s convinced her skill is down to her autistic brain.
Temple believes she experiences life like an animal. Her emotions are much simpler than most people’s and she feels constantly anxious. It’s this struggle with overwhelming anxiety that led her to discover just how much she has in common with animals and, in particular, cows.
Using her ability to observe the world through an animal’s eye, she has been able to make an enormous impact on animal welfare. Her greatest achievement has been in the area of slaughterhouses – she has fundamentally changed the way animals are held and slaughtered.
Today she’s an associate professor of animal science, a best-selling author and the most famous autistic woman on the planet.