Farmers should use audits and video cameras to show the public they are treating their animals right, says a noted researcher.

Temple Grandin, a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, gave the annual Louis D. Hyndman Sr. lecture at the University of Alberta. About 200 academic and industry people gathered to hear her speak about the importance of animal welfare to modern farmers.

Grandin is renowned amongst farmers not just for her diagnosis of autism, but for her work designing humane animal handling systems, specifically the center-track restraint system used in about half of North America’s cattle plants. She has written many books on animal behavior and was the subject of an award-winning HBO movie.

“Agriculture has got to start doing a much better job of communicating with the public,” she said. “People don’t know the difference between dairy cattle and beef cattle and imagine all these terrible things are being done.”

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