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Animals Make Us Human : Creating the Best Life for Animals
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.Drawing 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.
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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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
January 05, 2009
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Excerpt from Animals Make Us Human by Temple Grandin
What does an animal need to have a decent life?I don't mean a decent life physically. We already know a lot about that. I mean a decent mental life. What does an animal need to be happy?What it comes down to is that everyone who is responsible for animals needs a set of simple, reliable guidelines he or she can apply to any animal in any situation. And the simplest thing people can do is look at animal emotions. I believe the brain's emotional systems help us find an answer to the two questions everyone asks, which are How do you know what kind of mental stimulation an animal needs? And once you do know, or have a pretty good idea, How do you give it to him? The fun and novelty of PLAY, the anticipation and challenge of SEEKING, and the prevention of FEAR, RAGE, or PANIC--I'll show you how to use those emotions to create good environments for animals living in homes, zoos, on farms and ranches, and in the wild.