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Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals Paperback – Bargain Price, January 12, 2010
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How can we give animals the best life--for them? What does an animal need to be happy
A Q&A with Temple Grandin, Author of Animals Make Us Human
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Starred Review. Grandin (Animals in Translation), famed for her decades-long commitment to treating livestock as humanely as possible on its way to slaughter, considers how humans and animals can best interact. Working from the premise that an animal is a conscious being that has feelings, the autistic author assesses dogs, cats, horses, cows, pigs, poultry, wildlife and zoo animals based on a core emotion system she believes animals and humans share, including a need to seek; a sense of rage, fear, and panic; feelings of lust; an urge to nurture; and an ability to play. Among observations at odds with conventional wisdom: dogs need human parents, not alpha pack leaders, and cats respond to training. Discussions of why horses are skittish and why pigs are arguably the most intelligent of beasts—raccoons run them a close second—illuminate the intersection of people and more domesticated animals; chapters on cows and chickens focus more generally on animal welfare, particularly the horrific conditions in which they are usually raised and slaughtered. Packed with fascinating insights, unexpected observations and a wealth of how-to tips, Grandin's peppy work ably challenges assumptions about what makes animals happy. (Jan.)
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She also explains how her autism has given her these special insights and it's a must-read for anyone with an autistic family member or friend.
Animal behavior specialist struggle with criticism regarding anthromorphism. I suspect that it is just normal animal behavior that has involved into the animal known as human that is being described rather than an anthromphism.
When humans decide to raise animals for their benefits, then it became important to provide their basic needs from birth to death and is good business.
Dr. Temple Grandin provides a wonderful guide regarding animal behavior and problem solving.
Her insights regarding the suppression of patents and the problems with managing the behavior of people when they interface with a complex system was on target.
Cattle have to navigate handling systems designed by Dr Grandin, but they are the simpler part of the problem. The more difficult variable is positively influencing the human behavior that interfaces her handling systems.
Animals Make Us Human is also a great business guide.
The book begins with research gained through her PhD about animals. If you are not interested in this, ski these chapters and go straight to the chapter(s) on your animal(s) of interest. You will still get what you want; you just won't understand the occasional reference back to the research.
I found the research area interesting for more than just the information it provided. I liked that you could "hear" Grandin's autism sneak through, when she would talk to the reader the way that Ferris Bueller does in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off". For example, she stops and talks about how her colleague says words differently than she does -- it adds nothing to the research, but adds to our understanding of the writer. It makes me want to know Grandin more personally.
After the research section, Grandin breaks the book up into chapters on different types of animals: cats, dogs, horses, cows, pigs, poultry, wildlife, and zoos. I have only read as far as horses before loaning the book out to someone who had just bought a kitten. I am looking forward to finishing the book.
Grandin, you have won me over. I am going to pick up your other books and have a gander!