Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals
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, a ...more
It is clear throughout the book that autism has provided Grandin with extraordinary insights into animals and (perhaps) extraordinary patience with animals. In one example, she takes ...more
Knowing that animals need the freedom to express normal behavior and freedom from fear and distress to be happy, Grandin begins to define these things in layman's terms.
I mostly focused on the chapter about cats, because, um, you know. ...more
Another reviewer said that an alternate title in the UK is "Making Animals Happy," and that is a far more accurate title than "Animals Make Us Human." The latter is an intriguing statem ...more
There's really only one positive emotion for animals - seeking, and that's the one you want to work with. There are a couple of chapters on domestic animals - cats and dogs, and others on farm animals - chickens, pigs, cows, and horses, another on birds. The farm animal chapters are somewhat depressing in the sense of how the food industry has treated them, and ...more
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I particularly loved the chapters on dogs, cats, and zoos, and thought these few interesting points about dogs are worth sharing -
In the wild, wolves don’t live in wolf packs, and they don’t have an alpha male who fights the other wolves to maintain his dominance. Our w ...more
The theory of ...more
I'm usually pretty wary of books like this, the kind with animals on the cover. Which is really sort of funny since I'm such a whore for animals in real life. But this is the book that was decided upon for my in-person book club, and since I missed the previous two books I figured I should suck it up and read this, especially considering it was my boyfriend's recommendation.
Temple Grandin is an animal scientist with a "twist" as I like to say. Her personal experie ...more
Most animals have a seeking and fear switch. When a novel experience is provided either one gets switched on. Too far in one direction the animal bolts, or explores. Gene ...more
The book is divided into sections focusing on specific species and then analyzes their behavior in order to allow us as humans to better understand them, thus better ...more
Picking up where Animals in Translation left off, Grandin provides pet owners, farmers, livestock managers, and zoo keepers with concrete suggestions for improving the lives of the animals in their care. But "don't let the book's snuggly title fool you," declares the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "Grandin is primarily a scientist, and no Marley romps through these pages." There aren't any commandments to readers to lay down their forks, either: Grandin believes it is entirely ethical for humans to use...more
While the book does delve somewhat into cats and dogs, it's actually more about livestock and production animals. I learned a lot about cows, horses, pigs, and chickens. I wasn't really looking to learn more about those particular animals, but I ended up reading a ...more
So many animals live to benefit humans as either companions or food. Grandin asks how we can provide them good lives while they are here?
She reminds me of Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas who asked, "Who speaks for the trees?" and shifted environmental thinking. Grandin is acting as a conscious eye at the slaughterhouse. In this book she establishes what animals' emo ...more
This is a relatively short and thought-provoking book. It is the first book I've personally come upon that touched on what positive reinforcement looks like in practice ("charge" up a clicker with a reward like food, and train the animal in a behavior by re ...more
So, there I am, reading the section on cats in my bed, waving the cat-fishing pole about, and Mao takes some sort of crazy course-correcting jump and scratches my nose and chin. This morning I look as if I attended Heidelberg. And I didn't make the cat happy, either, because he didn't like the smell of the antibiotic ointment or the band-aids.
It's a good book.