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What's it like inside a meat processor?

Oprah Winfrey's show recently went inside a Cargill meat processing facility to see exactly how meat is produced. This was part of the show's Vegan Challenge where Oprah and her staff tried to eat of diet of that contained no animal products for one week. While we do not want to criticize other people's food choices, we do want people to know where their food comes from. This video paints a pretty honest picture of how beef cattle are harvested. Nothing is hidden.

Cargill has worked closely with Dr. Temple Grandin, a world-reknowned animal welfare expert, to make the process of beef production as humane as possible. Throughout the video you can see different practices that are done to reduce the stress of the animal. One very good indication of the effectiveness of these practices is the fact that the cows are calm and not making any noise (vocalizing). We encourage you to visit Dr. Grandin's site (www.grandin.com) to learn more about her and her work.

Link to Oprah Video.

If you have any questions, submit them to us here.

Paul Ebner, PhD
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Animal Sciences
pebner@purdue.edu

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