The Grandin Papers: Over 50 Years of Research on Animal Behavior and Welfare That Improved the Livestock Industry

Future Horizons. Oct. 2023. 500p. ISBN 9781957984292. $64.95. SCI
Animal advocate Grandin (animal science, Colorado State Univ.; coauthor, Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism To Decode Animal Behavior) presents in chronological order a remarkable collection of book chapters, journal articles, textbook excerpts, literature reviews, and dissertation summaries that outline her body of work in animal behavior and management. From her first article in a scientific journal in 1980 to her most recent 2022 publication, the book enables readers to see the progression and expansion of her research. For example, early work on livestock facility design and animal welfare assessment developed into studies on animal perception and sustainable agriculture. Grandin briefly introduces each piece and notes the history and impact of the work. Her research focuses not only on animals and equipment but also the psychology of the handlers and plant managers. The book emphasizes the value of education in this field and in making industry-published content widely available.
VERDICT A valuable title for communities with agriculture and animal-processing businesses and schools. This book will also benefit policy makers and general readers interested in animal welfare and behaviors.
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