What the Experts Say
Temple Grandin, Ph.D., P.A.S.
Grandin Livestock Handling Systems, Inc.
2918 Silver Plume Drive, Suite C3
Fort Collins, Colorado 80526
Answering Service (970) 221-8046
May 2, 2007
Mercy For Animals
P.O. Box 363
Columbus, OH 43216
I watched the turkey plant video. This is a sloppy poorly managed plant where employees are allowed to abuse animals. Punching turkeys and shoving hands up the vent to get eggs would cause pain and suffering, and is cruelty to animals. Abusive handling occurs in places that lack supervision. There are some management people that need to get fired. In a well managed poultry plant employees do not engage in deliberate abuse. I blame management more than I blame employees. The entire hanging operation is sloppy. There are too many birds on the floor. The plant needs to improve management, train its employees, and make animal welfare part of its quality assurance program.
Dr. Grandin is perhaps the world's leading expert on farmed-animal welfare. She is an associate professor of livestock behavior at Colorado State University and an animal welfare advisor to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the meat industry. She has designed equipment and systems that are in use in numerous slaughter facilities nationwide.