Animals Make Us Human

Animals Make Us Human

Creating the Best Life for Animals

eBook - 2010
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How can we give animals the best life--for them? What does an animal need to be happy? In her groundbreaking, best-selling book Animals in Translation, Temple Grandin drew on her own experience with autism as well as her experience 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. Knowing what causes animals physical pain is usually easy, but pinpointing emotional distress is much harder. Drawing on the latest research and her own work, Grandin identifies the core emotional needs of animals and then explains how to fulfill the specific needs of dogs and cats, horses, farm animals, zoo animals, and even wildlife. 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, 2010.
ISBN: 9780547393957
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 electronic text.
Additional Contributors: Johnson, Catherine 1952-


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May 12, 2019

I have always admired Ms Grandin tremendously and her dedication to animal care cannot be questioned. As she works within the reality of how animals are raised and treated, I was disappointed in the chapter on dogs. Her thoughts on not mixing dogs together eg. a dog park don't reflect the reality which most people must work within and I found this section to be lacking. Would have preferred that she actually go through how best to understand the behaviours, introduce new dogs to each other, socialising dogs, controlling situations and generally the best way to get the most out of a dog park. The research in this book is well presented and there are definitely some clear instructions concerning animal welfare but I think an updated sequel is warranted. Still worth a read.

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

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.

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.

Mar 21, 2011

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

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