Friday, May 29, 2015

Thinking Like Animals by Temple Grandin

Rarely are there any writings about the experiences and feelings through an animal's perspective because humans do not have a direct way to reading the thoughts of animals. However, due to her Autism, Temple Grandin gives the public a novel view when she explicates her comprehension of their anxiety, fears, and perception. In her article, "Thinking like Animals," Grandin utilizes her personal impediment and fuses it with her knowledge of animals, claiming that animals should be treated humanely even if they are going to be slaughtered. She describes herself as being "part human and part animal," which further emphasizes her empathy towards and understanding of animals. The text describes the similarities of animals and people with autism. She focuses on the idea of animals' fear and how they are different from humans'. In addition, she makes a correlation between her feelings of uneasiness with the cattles' sensitivity, and how a firm touch's pressure alleviates her and the animals. Grandin advocates for the animals' welfare. Cattle will die for people's consumption of red meat, but those animals can still live a life of content, saying that "we own animals a decent life and a painless death." 
I think what's particular interesting is that even thought Grandin cares and understands for animals, she understands that the need for meat is important. Rather than saving the animals, she doesn't seem to be ethically bothered by their deaths for humans. Furthermore, Grandin's perspective is interesting because many people do not encounter the same experiences that she has to live through day to day. She uses her perceptions to create a more human system for the cattle industry. Throughout her article, her experience is coupled with the animals feelings, which made the article filled with more pathos and emotion. 

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