On a Wednesday night in March at the Armacost Museum in Grandview, Mo., Temple Grandin spoke to more than 300 people about the ways animals and humans relate. Grandin is an American doctor of animal science and professor at Colorado State University. As a person with high-functioning autism, she is also widely noted for her work in autism advocacy. The event, co-hosted by AdFarm, was in benefit of Sugar Creek Equinapy
“A decent life… a painless death.”
While her work in the field of autism is well known, in agriculture Grandin is acknowledged as a philosophical leader for animal welfare. Because of her autism, she knows the anxiety of feeling threatened by everything in her surroundings. At the event, she spoke about how human interaction affects animals. Focusing mainly on equine and dogs, she explained why some animals have certain behaviors based on fear.
Grandin’s unique perspective and knowledge have motivated her to promote humane livestock handling processes. Because of that work, many changes have been made to the way livestock is handled.
We all benefit
At the cocktail reception before Ms. Grandin spoke, AdFarm made a donation on behalf of our clients to Sugar Creek Equinapy. Sugar Creek specializes in therapeutic equine-assisted programs and has many autistic clients. Tragically, on February 20, a fire killed six of its therapeutic horses and destroyed the barn, trailer, stalls and equipment. By supporting this cause, Temple Grandin again helped improve the relationship between animals and humans.
AdFarmer Sheridyn Greenwalt and Intervet Schering-Plough Animal Health’s Mitch Johnson at the event.
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Jessi Hamilton is a writer at AdFarm. Her favorite things include words, ideas, bacon and new running shoes.