What a lovely French word, abattoir. Is it the signature smoldering look a Parisian shoots you across the room? It is not. From “abbat,” which means “to slaughter,” an abattoir, or slaughterhouse is where animals go to become food.
And the first thing we think about when we talk slaughterhouses, naturally, is animal rights crusader Temple Grandin, who actually did something about it. The famed scientist designed a curved cattle corral, which still leads the animals to their certain demise, but prevents them from seeing what’s around the corner. After all, nobody likes an uprising.
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