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Reviewed in the United States on April 5, 2013
This book has some great insights into the lives of animals. Someone who was not diagnosed autistic might have been fiercely criticized for saying the things Ms. Grandin says about the similarities between autistic perceptions and animal perceptions. Even she is very brave to say these things. And I think she is correct about many things.
The animals I know best are dogs and she says some things about dogs that I don't agree with. However, her understanding of our overall relationship with dogs, of our _history_ with dogs, is wonderful. Right or wrong about details, she provokes thought about all of the subjects she discusses and has many brilliant things to say.
However, the main thing I want to do here is to defend her from the mindless critics who say that she should not have gotten involved with the meat industry.
When you see a beef-breed calf you _know_ that it is only going to live eighteen months under normal circumstances. What you might want to do is to change the world so that everyone is a vegetarian but you can't. You could buy that calf and give it a home but that won't change the fate of millions of other cattle, today and tomorrow.
What Temple did was to work very hard to make that calf's life and end-of-life as stress-free and pain-free as possible. To criticize her for that is to side with torture.