Meat Institute Releases New Temple Grandin-Narrated 'Glass Walls' Video of Lamb Processing Plant
The Meat Institute released a new Temple Grandin-narrated "Glass Walls" video shot in a lamb processing plant. The video shows each step in the slaughter process, including the unloading of the trucks, the handling of lamb in the pens, the use of "lead sheep" to guide lamb throughout the plant by leveraging their strong following instinct, the stunning process that is required by the Humane Slaughter Act to ensure they feel no pain, the steps involved in breaking a carcass down into the cuts of lamb that consumers enjoy and the food safety practices implemented. Grandin explains in the video that calm handling is not only the most humane approach, but it also creates safer workplaces and better quality meat.
The video is the latest in a series that seeks to shine a light on the animal care and handling processes used in meat packing plants. Other "Glass Walls" videos focus on beef, pork and turkey plants, and the series has generated more than 1.2 million views online. The Institute also provides complimentary copies of the DVDs to teachers who request them for classroom education purposes and shares the videos with industry partner organizations to help circulate them.
Initial viewer response to the new video has been positive. In less than one week since its release, the video has been viewed more than 32,000 times on Facebook and nearly 5,500 times on YouTube. Positive sentiment on YouTube outweighs negative 41 to 2, and nearly all the comments on both networks have been positive.