Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals
How can we give animals the best life-- for them? What does an animal need to be happy? In her groundbreaking, best-selling book Animals in Translation, Temple Grandin drew on her own experience with autism as well as her experience as an animal scientist to deliver extraordinary insights into... show more
How can we give animals the best life-- for them? What does an animal need to be happy? In her groundbreaking, best-selling book Animals in Translation, Temple Grandin drew on her own experience with autism as well as her experience 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. Knowing what causes animals physical pain is usually easy, but pinpointing emotional distress is much harder. Drawing on the latest research and her own work, Grandin identifies the core emotional needs of animals and then explains how to fulfill the specific needs of dogs and cats, horses, farm animals, zoo animals, and even wildlife. 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.
Publish date: January 6th 2009
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
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The title of this book "Animals Make us Human" completely misrepresents the book. I was expecting something a little more philosophical, I guess with that kind of title. The subtitle - "Creating the Best Life for Animals" modifies it a bit, and if that were the title, alone, it would have been mor...
Grandin brings her prodigious insights to the domestic arena in the first couple of chapters of this book. I have to reconsider everything I thought I knew about my dog! She also touches on zoo animals, wildlife, and animals we eat. Her insights into slaughterhouses, and her reasons for advocating f...
In this book, Grandin offers up the latest research into animal behavior, giving advice on home to make pets happier and less troubled.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 no...
Excellent followup to Animals in Translation. In this book, Temple Grandin writes on how we can better the lives of our domesticated animals by acknowledging their own uniqueness and studying their behavior in a natural environment. The authors categorizes the primary mental states for animals (yes,...
This book is excellent and should be read by anyone who works with animals! Or by those who just love them. Really interesting. I liked the suggestions for handling cats in veterinary situations. Good book!