Temple Grandin on Appropriate End-of-Life Treatment
Posted Jan 22 2009 4:39pm
In her new book, Animals Make Us Human, Temple Grandin draws on the latest research and her own work to identify the core emotional needs of animals. Then she explains how to fulfill them for dogs and cats, horses, farm animals, and zoo animals.
In a book interview this week with the Philadelphia Inquirer, Grandin stated that as for end-of-life treatment, "I'm really against these heroic measures to keep animals alive. It has the effect of prolonging suffering in many cases. And the animals don't understand."
Maybe if we learn these lessons in the animal context and then apply them to end-of-life treatment for people, animals really can make us human.