SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A woman known around the globe for her work in autism and animal behavior will design the horse slaughter plant planned for the Ozarks. Dr. Temple Grandin spoke to students at the College of the Ozarks on Wednesday night. She spoke with KY3 News while she was in the area.
Many people got to know Grandin through the HBO movie that told the story of her accomplishments while living with autism. Grandin is known for understanding animals, and she's designed livestock handling facilities that are meant to reduce stress and fear for the animals.
The topic of horse slaughter has stirred emotions and white-hot controversy in Mountain Grove and beyond.
"We get nothing out of it, except it destroys this community. That's it: we destroy this community," said attorney Cynthia MacPherson of Mountain Grove at a city council meeting this month.
"We need to be known for the care and the love of the horse," said Scott Litherland of Alder Hill Farm horse rescue.
Following a Unified Equine meeting in Mountain Grove, Dunn resident Jeff Walkowe said, "There's a lot of people not working around here. Plus, hopefully it'll bring the price of horses back up."
Unified Equine decided the building first considered near Mountain Grove isn't the right choice, but the company does plan to open somewhere in southwest Missouri.
"Discussion's over. Make all the noise you want. We're going into business," said Sue Wallis, Unified Equine CEO during her visit on March 12.
Renowned animal scientist Grandin says spending time with horses was her favorite pastime as a child.