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Animals in Translation by Temple Grandin
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Mar 12, 2008

really liked it

Temple Grandin is autistic, and has applied her experiences as an autistic woman to her work with animals. This book is sprinkled with information from all aspects of her work, including anecdotes of working within the food industry and why animals that are photographed in the wild are almost all marked with a white patch (no joke). It's a bit of a hard slog at times, and if you are at all at odds with the slaughter industry, you may feel that she is acting as an apologist and might become angry. While I don't believe she is doing so, I do believe that she is presenting events in a positive light, especially given her efforts to make slaughter more humane. Definitely worth a read.
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Fayley So save me from the suspense ... Why do most photographed wild animals have a white patch?

Mandy Leins Animals that have those white patches also have traits associated with being more friendly to humans, which is why you see them. No white patch = less likely to get close to have traits to get close to humans.

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