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A Visit To Belcampo

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Belcampo Farm offers some of the greatest meat available in California, grown in the shadow of Mt Shasta.

Those birds do look exceptionally free range.

Definition of bucolic!  This is cool:  The state-of-art harvest floor, which was designed with the explicit approval and input of Temple Grandin.

Temple Grandin (born August 29, 1947) is an American doctor of animal science and professor at Colorado State University, bestselling author, autistic activist, and consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior. She also created the "hug box", a device to calm autistic children. The subject of an award-winning biographical film, Temple Grandin, in 2010 she was listed in the Time 100 list of the 100 most influential people in the world in the "Heroes" category.[2]

Grandin is a philosophical leader of both the animal welfare and autism advocacy movements.[4] Both movements commonly cite her work regarding animal welfare neurology, and philosophy. She knows the anxiety of feeling threatened by everything in her surroundings, and of being dismissed and feared, which motivates her work in humane livestock handling processes. Her business website promotes improvement of standards in slaughter plants and livestock farms. In 2004 she won a "Proggy" award in the "Visionary" category, from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.[5]

One of her notable essays about animal welfare is "Animals Are Not Things,"[6] in which she posits that animals are technically property in our society, but the law ultimately gives them ethical protections or rights. She compares the properties and rights of owning cows, versus owning screwdrivers, enumerating how both can be utilized to serve human purposes in many ways but when it comes to inflicting pain, there is a vital distinction between such 'properties': a person can legally smash or grind up a screwdriver but cannot legally torture an animal.

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