To say that we are big fans of Temple Grandin would be an understatement. Grandin, a scientist and animal welfare advocate (as well as an advocate for the autistic community, within which she is included) has written two books that are close to our hearts: Animals Make Us Humans (Houghton Mifflin, 2009) and Animals in Translation (Harvest Books, 2006). Perhaps this seems strange coming from butchers, but Grandin is the kind of advocate that makes sense to us. She does not try to stop the slaughter of animals for meat but has, instead, worked within the industry to change standards and create laws to protect the animals that eventually end up as our dinner. Grandin has been fighting for animals since the 1970s, but her most famous work began in 1991, when the American Meat Institute (AMI) set its own guidelines for animal handling and then turned to Grandin to help reform an obviously broken system.