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Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals

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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. 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.

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"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." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"A well-written, down-to-earth look into the lives of lots of animals, including animals that make up part of our food chain." Rocky Mountian News

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"Noted scholar Grandin...devotes equal space to domestic, commercial, and captive animals. For pet owners, her perspective is invaluable, but slaughterhouses aren't likely to change without an economic incentive to match Grandin's moral one. (Grade: A-)" Entertainment Weekly

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With the groundbreaking Animals in Translation, 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. Now she builds on those insights to show how to give animals the best and happiest life.

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Temple Grandin earned her Ph.D. in animal science from the University of Illinois and went on to become an associate professor at Colorado State University. She is the author of four previous books, including the national bestsellers Thinking in Pictures and Animals in Translation. Grandin spearheaded reform of the quality of life and humaneness of death for the world's farm animals. Through her company, Grandin Livestock Systems, she works with the country's fast-food purveyors to monitor the conditions of animal facilities worldwide. She lectures widely on both animal science and autism.

Catherine Johnson, Ph.D., is a writer specializing in neuropsychiatry and the brain. She cowrote Animals in Translation and served as a trustee of the National Alliance for Autism Research for seven years. She lives with her husband and three sons — two of whom have autism — in New York.

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Jaggar11, January 19, 2009 (view all comments by Jaggar11)
Humans give and take what they want from this earth.
Too many times animals pay the price: they are used, abused, and thoughtlessly abandoned. We take wild animals' land, pollute their water, raise, trap and cruelly kill to make them our food, fur, and use them for horrific testing. We selfishly keep taking...they deserve the opposite. Hopefully, this book will change minds and put us in the right direction...to preserve, protect and cherish their wonderful innocent lives!
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Roberta Costa, January 12, 2009 (view all comments by Roberta Costa)
Very interesting work. Being raised around farm animals and having pets all of my life this book makes me re-think life long beliefs.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780151014897
Subtitle:
Creating the Best Life for Animals
Author:
Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson
Author:
Grandin, Temple
Author:
Johnson, Catherine
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
Life Sciences - Zoology - General
Subject:
Animal behavior
Subject:
Emotions in animals
Subject:
General
Subject:
Agriculture & Animal Husbandry
Subject:
PETS / General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20100112
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
A&quot; - <I>Rocky Mountain News<BR> </I><BR> &quo
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.2 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "A well-written, down-to-earth look into the lives of lots of animals, including animals that make up part of our food chain."
"Review" by , "Noted scholar Grandin...devotes equal space to domestic, commercial, and captive animals. For pet owners, her perspective is invaluable, but slaughterhouses aren't likely to change without an economic incentive to match Grandin's moral one. (Grade: A-)"
"Synopsis" by , With the groundbreaking Animals in Translation, 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. Now she builds on those insights to show how to give animals the best and happiest life.
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