Temple Grandin (KINDLE)

People especially children have a very difficult time understanding autism and its symptoms Like it is hard for Temple Grandin to understand people s body language and their motives it is hard for other people to understand what is going on in Temple s mind Montgomery explains autism in a very fresh and simple way using insightful comparisons that children can grasp Too many books about people who have autism or other disorders ask the reader to feel sympathy for these people Montgomery does better She asks the reader to accept and value Grandin as a whole person Readers will come to admire her for exactly who she is and the many things she has accomplished It may be difficult to read some of the descriptions of the cruel treatment of food animals or their uality of life but it forces the reader to see not only the harsh reality but how brave Grandin is and was to confront this reality While the reader may think this is horrible Temple thought This is horrible I need to change this and I can change this I feel better nowing that a person like Temple Grandin is out there Enlightening and engaging students and adults alike will find something to love about this book While the author writes for a tweenyoung teen audience I m willing to bet the average person of any age will learn uite a bit about autism from Temple Grandin Through her astounding story titular visionary gives inspiration to youngsters who are autistic suffer bullying or simply feel different from their peers She encourages readers to go against the grain and develop their own abilities Temple Grandin s autism has given her a uniue insight into her environment She feels she has special empathy with animals such as horses and cattle I ve got the nervous system of a prey animal Temple explains Her senses are ratcheted up attuned to sounds and details that humans don t notice but animals do Grandin uses her ability to design livestock handling systems particularly slaughter systems to reduce the sum total of fear and pain experienced by animals When used properly Grandin s designs are meant to not only reduce the animals negative experiences but The Book of Leviathan keep the line of animals moving smoothly for the slaughterers Some of her most far reaching reforms have come with working for major fast food chains on animal welfare policiesUnfortunately in some sections of the book the author seems to make rather sweeping generalizations regarding how much animal welfare reforms are really able to improve animals lives Dozens of huge corporations from restaurant chains like McDonald s and Wendy s to giant meat packing plants where food animals are slaughtered consult with Temple about the animals who provide most of North America s meat eggs and milk Her clients don t want to be part of the cruelty that as humane organizations have shown is too often standard practice on factory farms huge outdoor facilities or warehouses where the animals are treated like machines instead of thinking feeling creaturesOne reading this book with no priornowledge of the subject might logically conclude that the major fast food chains have rejected all animal cruelty and do not deal with factory farms This is of course absolutely false While it is true that several high profile restaurant chains have announced that they will no longer deal with suppliers who engage in the worst factory farm abuses such as gestation crates for pigs it would be simply impossible for a fast food chain to serve the volume of meat they do at the prices they do without engaging in the rampant crowding and corner cutting that is the hallmark of Big Ag Every little step the fast food industry takes is encouraging and should be applauded but it should never be mistaken that Big Macs and McMuffins are cruelty free fare Nor will massive scale commercial agribusiness ever fully embrace the idea that animals are thinking feeling creatures it s simply not compatible with their business model However consumer pressure can convince them to make some changes if only for the sake of their profit margins Mike Chabot general manager of Cargill Meat Solutions points out that Temple was way ahead of her time She was talking about animal behavior and even animal welfare at a time when many in the industry thought of the animals only as a source of their products not as thinking creatures with feelings

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their own Meat solutions the juxtaposition with the term solutions with a mass Nine Ghosts killing facility brings up some unpleasant associations She invents new ways to make sure that livestock handlers are not being cruel to the animals Half of the beef cattle in the US and Canada and a growing number overseas are handled in facilities she designedBefore Temple came along cattlemen would often resort to yelling at the cattle and poking them with painful electric prods to force them into a scary situation It is passages like this that make me recommend that everyone who checks out a Temple Grandin book should also check out Timothy Pachirat s Every Twelve Seconds Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight Pachriat worked in one of the Midwest s largest cattle slaughterhouses and wrote of his experiences Suffice it to say that humane handling reforms work when auditors or supervisors are looking and often only then Because slaughterhouses process animals at such a breakneck pace the pressure is on the chute workers to ensure there s not an inch of space or hesitation between cows lined up for theill box What ends up happening in this strenuously demanding environment is exactly what you might imagine The part of the book that addresses vegetarianism is part refreshing and "PART DEFENSIVE OMNIVORE BINGO HOW CAN AN ANIMAL LOVER "Defensive Omnivore Bingo How can an animal lover for an industry that raises animals to be illed for food How can she eat a steak when she loves living cattleGrandin was so sick of all the cruelty she had witnessed on farms and in slaughterhouses that she gave up eating meat altogether Polls show that 73 million Americans are vegetarians and most of them are very healthy on a meat free diet including the author of this book Another million Americans are vegans whose. When Temple Grandin was born her parents new that she was different Years later she was diagnosed with autism   While Temple’s doctor recommended a hospital her mother believed in her Temple went to school instead   T. Diet includes no animal products at all no eggs or milk or cheese But when Temple gave up meat she felt lightheaded and dizzyI don t believe that meat possesses some magical property that prevents people from functioning without it but I do شرح جامع مثنوى معنوى know that some people who become vegn do not research their diets properly and do not eat a large enough variety of foods I could see where making dietary changes would have been difficult for Grandin as her autism causes her to process many tastes and smells as overwhelming And let s face it the meat industry is going to take a consultant seriously if she eats their products On the other hand I am glad that the author included the information of the viability of vegn diets which may not have appeared had the author not been vegetarian herself If I had my druthers Temple says people would have evolved as plant eaters and wouldn till animals for food at all But I don t see the whole human race converting to vegetarianism anytime soon Ten billion animals in the US alone including laying hens provide food for people each year What about the uality of all these animals lives Don t they matter By choosing not to eat meat or animal products a vegetarian or vegan saves thousands of animals from slaughter over the course of his or her lifetime This to me is the reason people like Temple Grandin and organizations such as the Humane Society of the US are so essential because billions of animals are caught up in this system NOW and any steps that can be taken to reduce their misery is worth it Even if you are vegn and promote a plant based diet take a look around you The uncle who is unmoving in his conviction that God created animals for humans to use in whatever way they see fit The co worker whose solution to factory farming cruelty is I just don t think about it Thousands of animals will die for these individuals choices over their lifetimesand no they aren t going to shell out for free range locally raised organic I m with author Erik Marcus when he says that every animal born into this system is a tragedy but we owe it to those who are to ease their suffering But Temple points out that if all use of animals for food including laying hens and milking cows were eliminated organic agriculture wouldn t work because manure from animals is an essential part of this method of farming Besides 95 percent of Americans do eat meat and even eat eggsEver heard of veganic crop farming Even if you never eat a hamburger or pork chop you ll find animal products everywhere The thickening agent in Jell O is made from the boiled bones and hides of cattle and pigs Even the strictest vegans use animal products in daily life whether they now it or like it or not dyes that color dollar bills oils that lubricate parts of computers and airplanes and medicines that save human and animal lives are among the hundreds of common nonfood products made from the bodies of slain animalsThe origin of gelatin is practically learned in Vegn 101 these daysand it s not that difficult to avoid at least in foods You ll find very few vegns slurping Jell OAs for everything elsethe argument that animal products are everywhere so there s no use avoiding any of them is a specious one The only Reason Slaughter By Products Show slaughter by products show in everything from laptops to detergent is because ten billion animals are slaughtered every year in the US If so many animals weren t being processed through the system there obviously wouldn t be a huge glut of their bodily byproducts at rock bottom prices If boiled down bones and fats and cartilage weren t flooding the marketplace manufacturers would have to find other materials They did with whale oil didn t they Grandin states They can live better lives on a ranch than most animals live in the wild And I d rather die in a good slaughterhouse than be eaten alive by a coyote or lion Straw man argument alert As human beings living in the developed world it is highly unlikely that any of the above will happen to us One could argue that it s better to be shot in the head with a high caliber rifle than bludgeoned to death with a crowbar but do we really want either of these things Many people forget that most farm animals would never have existed at all if people had not bred them And we have a bingo I d argue that the predominant breeds of animals used in factory farming today such as the broiler chickens who grow so big so fast their legs can collapse underneath them would be better off not being propagated at all As for the healthier and traditional livestock breeds it s primarily Big Ag that is driving them to extinction Despite the overused omni arguments the author sprinkles throughout some grimmer facts about the modern food industry Temple realizes that horrible abuses of animals continue in both osher and nonkosher slaughterhouses and on farms around the world She s concerned about not only her favorite animals cattle but also about pigs and sheep and goats and turkeys and chickens Laying hens she said probably have the worst "welfare of any farm animal upon viewing one "of any farm animal Upon viewing one egg farm with especially poor animal welfare Temple realized that Cruelty had been tolerated for so long on this farm that bad had become the new normal And if the management doesn t care about animal welfare workers follow suit Such seems to be the case on so many of the undercover videos captured in factory farms in recent years Cruelty becomes work culture There s a great uote from Grandin on this phenomenon I think we have to look at everything we do on farms this way Temple insists What would ten random people from the airport think if they saw this What if you brought your wedding guests to this farm or packing plant What would they think Are you going to be proud to show them your animals or are you going to be suirming And that s the motive behind the troubling deluge of ag gag law proposals instead of improving their farms into facilities they would be proud to show the public some agribusinesses interests are simply saying Don t look Temple can t take millions of Americans to see the farms and plants where our food animals live and die. Oday Dr Temple Grandin is a scientist and professor of animal science at Colorado State University Her world changing career revolutionized the livestock industry As an advocate for autism Temple uses her experience as an exam. ,
So she s doing the next best thing she s putting video cameras in barns feedlots and even slaughterhouses In some cases only the farm manager sees the videos In other cases auditors are able to watch at any time so that bad farmers can t fake good behavior when the auditor shows up at the door And in a few cases anyone can see the videos on the Internet I can t think of a greater idea If Big Ag wants to continue doing business they re going to have to make some big changes in their policies Transparency and accountability are going to be the rules of the day Don t have anything to hide Show us Let the customer decide if you re treating your animals in a sound and humane manner It s where things are going and livestock companies that hide behind ag gag legislation and other shady methods are going to be lost in the stampede Thank you Temple Grandin and Sy Montgomery for reminding that not looking simply doesn t cut it any Good biography and story about Temple Grandin s interests and how she made these interests into a successful career However I think the author got a little strident about the animal welfare issues near the end of the book We were reading it for the autism I ended up skipping extensive descriptions of animal slaughter Andy would say again when I started another paragraph about the horrors of factory farming Hi my name is Usagi and I m autistic More specifically I have Asperger s Syndrome one of the lighter forms of the disorder on the autism spectrum I ve been mainstreamed meaning never put in special education but instead with a classroom with neurotypical normal ids my entire life And never have I been so happy to have been raised as such I was dubbed highly gifted in fourth grade I did honors and AP classes for everything but math I went to UCSB majored in Japanese went to Japan and lived there while going to ICU in Tokyo and graduated with a decent GPA in 2007In short I am an autism success story and success stories are not often talked about which is incredibly frustrating We are always spoken of in softer terms couched in tough stuff and it s as if we re surrounded by eggshells upon which everyone has to walk onWe re tougher than that And people like Temple Grandin Bill Gates and others only prove thatThat being said I ve found it incredibly hard to find books that deal with autism or people with it that actually take us seriously Much like I have massive problems with Autism Speaks with wanting to shove everyone in Special Ed instead of mainstreaming when it s an option seriously guys it s like trying to shove the GLBT community back in the closet I also have problems with a lot of YAMG books that have tried and failed to tackle the concept and issue of autism while giving respect to the individuals who have itI m happy to announce that this fabulous little book does both tackles the subject gives the subject respect AND is wonderfully easy to understand for the age of any person reading it Sy Montgomery has really done Grandin a solid here and has captured her life very elouently If you re trying to find a book to introduce the issue of autism to any age group but especially the youngest ones I highly recommend this biography that speaks of the blossoming neurodiversity movement through Grandin s experiencesGrandin herself gives us a very simple introduction getting our feet wet as the audience telling us very briefly about her life and how autism affects her as well as the goals of the biography in general This is a very straightforward yet gentle way to ease people into the subject matter to come and it automatically got my attentionAs for Montgomery she has done an absolutely fantastic job with the whole book From its style of storytelling as if this were fiction and not fact to the tidbits on how to help ids with autism explaining about the condition and an extensive bibliography at the end giving us a lot resources for those who want to read up on Grandin What absolutely chilled me and in a good way was the way she explained how those with autism present company included experience the physical senses and how sometimes those senses are on fire I ve never seen anyone be able to describe how sensory overload so simply and So Well Before And well before and that I m profoundly grateful I too have sensory overload problems and I ve tried in the past to explain how it works but failed Now I have a great reference for people who want to Arabian Challenge know how it worksThis book balances autism education and Grandin s life story very well both in easy to digest forms To be blunt we need books like this about those with autism both in all genres By the end of the book Montgomery builds a steady excitement that will make you want to cheer for Grandin and her accomplishments as well as give those whonow those with autism a new way at looking at them and interacting with them The comparison with how animals think and how some of those with autism on the spectrum think was spot on and I think it ll definitely help neurotypical ids understand about aneurotypical ids a bit better It also talks a lot about animal rights how Grandin s work ties into them and how important they are never a bad thing to introduce to a young audience While it does make some sweeping generalizations about Big Agriculture and livestock farming in "general that I wasn t really into it s at least something to "that I wasn t really into it s at least something to the conversation goingBut uite possibly my favorite part Grandin s final tips to ids with autism on how to manage it on their own in order to thrive They re great pointers and it brought a smile on my face because I only got a fraction of that advice after getting diagnosed Now it s there for future generations to enjoy and nothing makes me happier than thatSo if you re looking for a respectful elouent way to introduce autism to anyone of any age pick up Temple Grandin It s made my best of 2012 so far list and its place there is well deserved Temple Grandin is out now from Harcourt so be sure to check it out it s seriously one of the best books on autism and on Grandin that I ve read yetposted to goodreads shelfari librarything and birthofanewwitchwordpresscom. Ple of the uniue contributions that autistic people can make   This compelling biography complete with Temple’s personal photos takes us inside her extraordinary mind and opens the door to a broader understanding of autis. ,
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