Temple Grandin signing books at University of Rhode Island – Wednesday, March 3rd, 5:30-6:30 pm

Temple Grandin, one of the world’s leading animal behaviorists and expert on the humane treatment of animals destined for slaughter, will be visiting New England and signing her books at the Memorial Union Building at the University of Rhode Island on Wednesday, March 3rd. A recent HBO movie and biography states that animal behavioral scientist Temple Grandin has “devoted her career to improving conditions at the large processing plants that slaughter some of the 40 billion pounds of cattle and pigs for human consumption every year in the United States. She is a strong advocate for more humane livestock handling, and has designed numerous innovations at such facilities that help to reduce stress in the animals during their final minutes. Grandin’s mission is deeply connected to her autism, and she credits this developmental brain disorder for her success as a scientist. Once she recognized that animals and autistic people share certain traits, such as a reliance on visual clues to navigate their environment, she began to rethink how livestock are handled in the beef and pork industry. Since the early 1990s, a large number of U.S slaughterhouses have implemented her designs and innovations, and comply with the humane-handling guidelines she authored for the American Meat Institute.”

Temple Grandin book signing at the Memorial Union Building at the University of Rhode Island

Wednesday, March 3, 2010
5:30-6:30 pm

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

For more information contact:
Katherine Petersson – kpetersson@uri.edu – 401-874-2951
or
Kristen Castrataro – kcas@uri.edu – 401-874-2967

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