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Monday, February 9, 2009

"Don't talk to the animals," says autistic professor

Here I'll lazily direct you to an article published in the Globe and Mail. A must read.

Her basic tenet is this:

What she really wants us to do, if we're at all interested in providing animals with a decent life, is to approach them more on their terms than on ours - to see and feel the world completely as they do.

As I maintain in many of my posts, we need to stop treating our pets, livestock, and all animals, as humans beings.

Click here to read the article.


Professor Temple Grandin
Listen to an interview with her on NPR here.

9 comments:

Mel said...

I talk to mine all the time, but we easily interact as much or more on a nonverbal level. Which is probably why they've bonded more with me.

GoLightly said...

You must understand, I worship this woman as a genius.
She's not saying treat them as humans, she's saying treat them as the animals they actually are.
Most people don't get her.
Farmers and butchers hate her, understandably, she has singlehandedly raised the price of beef. But only in the short term, where most people look.
Less stress ripples down the slaughter line..

She's the only sane person working with the slaughter houses today, to alleviate the stress that slaughter animals bear for us. She has proven, and I've always known, cattle can die quietly and the meat tastes better.
Free-Range eggs have a larger, strongly coloured yolk, compared to the pale yellow offerings from the batteries.
Less drugs would be good, too, but she can't do anything about that, until we learn how to accurately forecast people's tastes. Production lines must run.
Happy meat is delicious. Trust me on this. Or, go to her web-site
www.templegrandin.com
but be prepared, her studies are typically gruesome.
You being a vet, should be okay.

I'm more afraid of PeTA using her for their purposes. She's an autistic, savant.
I "get" her.
Her book "Animals in Translation" is an amazing work.
I recognized parts of myself, in her.
I can "see" animals' expressions, if you will.
I know that's not possible, but it works for me, always has.

Is she in Town?
Why don't I read the Globe??
oh, well, thanks anywho.

I'm in favour of the sling/decapitation slaughter method, but it's too expensive, I assume. See, nobody TALKS about it.

Hey, YOU brought her up:)

DogsDeserveFreedom said...

Good article. Nice viewpoint. I think the article proved your point? Treat them like animals, not fur-children?

I have a book that I haven't yet started reading called Animals in Translation. I'm really looking forward to it!

DogsDeserveFreedom

Y.L.G. said...

As usual your posts are very interesting! I thought your viewers might like this; logically it wasn't what I thought:)
GP

How a dog uses his tongue to drink water

OldMorgans said...

Have you read Dr. Oliver Sacks essay on her? It is very interesting.
For such a verbal person as myself, it has been interesting to notice how often I do think in pictures and how I am able to read my horses and cats non-verbally.
And absolutely people need to honor their animals for being animals. They are NOT "humans in fur coats" or "children" or "fur-people". They are cats or dogs or horses or hamsters or whatever! I had best quit now as I can become very heated on this topic.

sagebeasties.blogspot.com

TorontoVet said...

GL: very interesting re: the beef - how do I shop for this type of meat?
Thanks everyone. I have not yet checked out Oliver Sacks' essay but I will, thank you, OM.

GoLightly said...

Oh,oh, Doc., you asked!!!

Quick explanation. With the slaughter system in cattle now, there is a certain percentage that is killed unacceptably. Temple's site will explain. Graphically.

Much better, the percentage, now.
100% would cost more again. I THINK, it's about well, over 80% that do not suffer fear and stress before death. It used to be much, much lower. Much, much.
I'm not sure of the exact numbers, but they made me feel better.
I love this woman, sorry.

ANYway, facetious answer, first, you are a vet! You don't know?
Look for the freshest, normal-est looking cuts, obviously.
You can tell by the taste, at least, I think I can.
Beef is mostly happy, chickens are stressed, but not too bad. The sad beef, well, it's gnarly looking. Remember, there's an overload of stress chemicals in fear, muscles twitching. Tighter the muscle, the tougher the meat.
Unhappy meat is obvious to the taste, too, unless it's marinated to soften the tough spots.
Gross, but I think true.

real answer.
I wish you could take over the CFIA, and hire me, and we'd sort out the problems rationally. The Government agencies are pretty hard on vets, but the pay is amazing, I hear.
They are advertising right now..
Well, I'm of course hoping you'd also help with the (shudder) horse slaughter industry.
I am PISSED with that.

Sorry, you asked the question:):):)

Thanks, eh?

GoLightly said...

p.s
Pigs are miserable, I rarely eat a happy pig. Very tight, tough meat.

Lambs, I can't comment. They seem tight too. I love lamb, but it's hard to cook properly, when you can't cook, anyway...

Old Morgans, is the article on-line? or in one of his books?
Love to read that too....

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