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E.d. I've read other more gracefully written articles and books on similar topics. I was fascinated by Alex the Parrot and the argument that temperament and appearance are linked. I don't think the author's autism added anything to the subject matter.

Lena Jo I'm a huge fan of Temple Grandin. LOVE her work with animals. I have interviewed her and written about her as well as was a student of hers. She forces you to look at things in a different way. When I read her stories, it's like talking to her. You hear her voice. This might not be the right book to start with if you don't know Temple. Read her story about her life first.

Alison I, too am a huge fan of Temple Grandin, her work with animals, study of genetics and her writing. _Animals Make Us Human_ is another of her eye-opening works. She gives invaluable insight into the perspectives of the creatures with whom we share our homes or environments. Animals make us human; but, Temple's insight can make us humane.

Katarzyna I'm definitely not a fan of Temple Grandin and her work against animals killed in slaughterhouses. Not a fan of her hypotheses regarding similarities between the way autistic people and cows think. Compare what she says eg. in the Glass Walls Project sponsored by the American Meat Institute with the results of the investigation carried out by Gail Eisnitz in her book "Slaugterhouse" (and no, Eistnitz is not even an animal rights advocate; she worked for Humane Farming Association doing the investingation and writing the book). Take a look at this article regarding the similar minds hypothesis
By the way, killing animals for profit, convenience and taste somehow does not fit in my definition of "humane".

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