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Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals Hardcover – January 6, 2009
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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.
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- Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1st edition (January 6, 2009)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 341 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0151014892
- ISBN-13 : 978-0151014897
- Item Weight : 1.25 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 1 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #243,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I purchased this book for one of my college classes and normally, I just sparknotes those kinds of books, but that was not the case for this one. I honestly didn’t know what to expect when I got this book. I thought it would be just a book that talks about how awesome companion animals are and how much they improve our lives. Which, this book did have its fair share of that, but it had so much more to bring to the table. It was actually very informative and opened my eyes to the way animals view the world. It discusses behavioral aspects in animals and actually is really educational on how to even work with these animals.
I would recommend anybody who is in the animal science field, works with animals on a daily basis, or even just owns a pet themselves to read this book. One thing about working in the animal science field or anything of that nature, most times people have no idea what to do or how to act around animals. They are incredibly book smart, but most people don’t know how to handle these animals. This book focuses a lot on emotion and behavior of these animals. She goes into detail on what motivates these animals to act the way they do and also what to do in response. I think this book should be a part of every animal science curriculum.
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Not only does it inform you on what to do in certain situations with animals or how to handle them, but it also helps educate on what makes these animals happy and how to give them a stimulating, successful living environment. A huge aspect of this book is their happiness and making sure they have the best environment possible. For example, how birds get incredibly bored very quickly, and if they don’t get their cages changed around often, they can get so bored or stressed that they will begin to pluck out their own feathers. Before reading this book, I wouldn’t even consider birds being capable of getting that bored. So this doesn’t only improve their mental health, but also prevents them from doing physical harm to themselves.
Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone with a passion for animals. Temple Grandin does a great job in backing up these statements on emotional wellbeing of animals with facts and studies, which can be very hard to do. She is an incredibly wise woman and anyone could benefit from her writing.
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Temple Grandin has an amazing insight into the world of animals and her books are so easy to read and well researched.