Animals Make Us Human

Animals Make Us Human

Creating the Best Life for Animals

Book - 2009
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The best-selling animal advocate Temple Grandin offers the most exciting exploration of how animals feel since The Hidden Life of Dogs.

In her groundbreaking and best-selling book Animals in Translation, Temple Grandin drew on her own experience with autism as well as her distinguished career as an animal scientist to deliver extraordinary insights into how animals think, act, and feel. Now she builds on those insights to show us how to give our animals the best and happiest life--on their terms, not ours.

It's usually easy to pinpoint the cause of physical pain in animals, but to know what is causing them emotional distress is much harder. rawing on the latest research and her own work,Grandin identifies the core emotional needs of animals. Then she explains how to fulfill them for dogs and cats, horses, farm animals, and zoo animals.Whether it's how to make the healthiest environment for the dog you must leave alone most of the day, how to keep pigs from being bored, or how to know if the lion pacing in the zoo is miserable or just exercising, Grandin teaches us to challenge our assumptions about animal contentment and honor our bond with our fellow creatures.

Animals Make Us Human is the culmination of almost thirty years of research, experimentation, and experience.

This is essential reading for anyone who's ever owned, cared for, or simply cared about an animal.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009.
ISBN: 9780151014897
0151014892
Branch Call Number: 636.0832 GRANDIN
Characteristics: 342 pages ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Johnson, Catherine 1952-

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lt_bibliosara Jan 26, 2017

Temple Grandin is not only a fantastic animal advocate, but an amazing author. Grandin's impartial and informative book defines how we can meet the emotional needs of animals. Grandin devotes each chapter to a different species or group of animals: dogs, cats, pigs, cattle, chicken and poultry, zoos, and wildlife. She bases her information on extensive research-both her own and other scientists-observational studies, and anecdotal evidence. This book is an enjoyable, if difficult at times, read that is critical for anyone who has eaten a hamburger, dogsat, or visited a zoo. Or, in other words, everyone. Animals Make Us Human is logic-based and clearly explains the reforms that are needed, and the reforms that have gone too far, throughout the animal industry around the globe. By the end of the book, you'll have a fresh perspective, a more realistic viewpoint, and a brighter hope for this world.

timbert Mar 29, 2015

Full of compassion for the animals that share our time, with insights into the inexplicable & unrecognized suffering that humans inflict on them.
A must read for all, it should be in every school.
The style does occasionally lack a little eloquence, but that is completely overshadowed by the content

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IV27HUjg
Oct 28, 2013

I didn't read further after horses, but feel I've learned quite a lot. How can I not like, admire & respect this woman? She's so into all she does & doesn't give a fig for how she might appear to others.

sparklingsights Aug 26, 2012

Pretty disappointed in this book. The first few chapters (cat & dog) were really interesting. Once into cows & pigs, this book is basically a manual on how to keep "farm animals" less stressed while they're in factory farms. Kind of disgusting, actually. Really not what I had expected from this book.

If you're into the whole "happy meat" BS you might buy into this book... but it just wasn't what I was expecting. I really just wanted to read about animal behaviour, not how to use animal behaviour to farm animals for food.

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Kaschurman
Apr 18, 2012

What a great book for anyone who is interested in animal behavior! I'm a huge Temple Grandin fan.

johannamac Oct 26, 2011

I was really only intrested in the first chapter about dogs but it was great.

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AJ_in_CoMo
Mar 21, 2011

Great reading for anyone interested in animal behavior and animal welfare.

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