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Animals Make Us Human by Catherine  Johnson
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Apr 16, 2011

really liked it
Read in February, 2011

Grandin provides fresh and fundamental insights into how animals think, and extremely practical advice for giving the animals around us better lives. She provides recommendations for the best number of dogs to have in a household (one, if you'll be home, or two if you work outside the home), for keeping zoo animals well behaved (train them), and for raising and ultimately slaughtering cows, pigs, and poultry.

The approach is based on understanding Jaak Panksepp's list of fundamental emotions shared by all animals: seeking (hunting/grazing/exploring novelty), rage (frustration when restrained), fear, and panic (distress when the social unit is broken up), along with lust, maternal care, and play.

Grandin also provides insight into the radicalization of the animal welfare movement, and how it is becoming less effective as its members become more distant from the realities of animal life and of human economics.

This book takes its place beside The Other End of the Leash and Clicking Your Dog as essential for understanding ethology and animal training.

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