Animals Make Us Human

Animals Make Us Human

Creating the Best Life for Animals

Book - 2009
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Drawing on the latest research and her own work, Grandin identifies the core emotional needs of animals and explains how to fulfill them for dogs and cats, horses, farm animals, and zoo animals.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009
Branch Call Number: 636.0832 G
Characteristics: 342 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Johnson, Catherine 1952-
ISBN: 9780151014897


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May 12, 2019

I have always admired Ms Grandin tremendously and her dedication to animal care cannot be questioned. As she works within the reality of how animals are raised and treated, I was disappointed in the chapter on dogs. Her thoughts on not mixing dogs together eg. a dog park don't reflect the reality which most people must work within and I found this section to be lacking. Would have preferred that she actually go through how best to understand the behaviours, introduce new dogs to each other, socialising dogs, controlling situations and generally the best way to get the most out of a dog park. The research in this book is well presented and there are definitely some clear instructions concerning animal welfare but I think an updated sequel is warranted. Still worth a read.

bibliosara Jan 26, 2017

Temple Grandin is not only a fantastic animal advocate, but an amazing author. Grandin's impartial and informative book defines how we can meet the emotional needs of animals. Grandin devotes each chapter to a different species or group of animals: dogs, cats, pigs, cattle, chicken and poultry, zoos, and wildlife. She bases her information on extensive research-both her own and other scientists-observational studies, and anecdotal evidence. This book is an enjoyable, if difficult at times, read that is critical for anyone who has eaten a hamburger, dogsat, or visited a zoo. Or, in other words, everyone. Animals Make Us Human is logic-based and clearly explains the reforms that are needed, and the reforms that have gone too far, throughout the animal industry around the globe. By the end of the book, you'll have a fresh perspective, a more realistic viewpoint, and a brighter hope for this world.

timbert Mar 29, 2015

Full of compassion for the animals that share our time, with insights into the inexplicable & unrecognized suffering that humans inflict on them.
A must read for all, it should be in every school.
The style does occasionally lack a little eloquence, but that is completely overshadowed by the content

Oct 28, 2013

I didn't read further after horses, but feel I've learned quite a lot. How can I not like, admire & respect this woman? She's so into all she does & doesn't give a fig for how she might appear to others.

sparklingsights Aug 26, 2012

Pretty disappointed in this book. The first few chapters (cat & dog) were really interesting. Once into cows & pigs, this book is basically a manual on how to keep "farm animals" less stressed while they're in factory farms. Kind of disgusting, actually. Really not what I had expected from this book.

If you're into the whole "happy meat" BS you might buy into this book... but it just wasn't what I was expecting. I really just wanted to read about animal behaviour, not how to use animal behaviour to farm animals for food.

Apr 18, 2012

What a great book for anyone who is interested in animal behavior! I'm a huge Temple Grandin fan.

johannamac Oct 26, 2011

I was really only intrested in the first chapter about dogs but it was great.

Mar 21, 2011

Great reading for anyone interested in animal behavior and animal welfare.


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