By Jake Tracer
January 07, 2009 at 05:00 AM EST

Animals Make Us Human

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Part owner’s manual and part business proposal, Animals Make Us Human by Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson argues that we can treat animals better if we consider the emotions that motivate them. (Tip: If your dog waits for a moment before going ?outside, it doesn’t matter who walks out first; you’re teaching ”impulse control,” not dominance.) Noted scholar Grandin — who believes her autism helps her understand animals — devotes equal space to domestic, commercial, and captive animals. For pet owners, her perspective is invaluable, but slaughterhouses aren’t likely to change without an economic incentive to match Grandin’s moral one. A?

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