Animal welfare advocate Temple Grandin speaks at Virginia Tech

Temple Grandin signs books after speaking to a standing room-only crowd at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute.

Temple Grandin signs books after speaking to a standing room-only crowd at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute.

Temple Grandin, a world-renowned autism activist and authority on animal welfare and behavior, spoke to a standing room-only crowd at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute on Dec. 4, 2014.

Grandin began her speech by emphasizing the importance of mitigating the fear factor in animal production.

“Fear is a scientific word,” said Grandin.

She primarily spoke about animal behavior and how to ease stress levels in livestock.

“For many students, regardless of the segment of the industry in which they work, Temple Grandin will have an effect on their business,” said David Gerrard, department head of animal and poultry sciences. “As good stewards of agriculture, it is imperative to have a solid understanding of how animals behave and respond to their environments.” 

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