[BOOKS] ✪ Animal Madness Author Laurel Braitman – Livre-game-of-thrones.co


  • Hardcover
  • 384 pages
  • Animal Madness
  • Laurel Braitman
  • English
  • 24 March 2019
  • 9781451627008

10 thoughts on “Animal Madness

  1. says:

    Why is it I have no problem reading about human abuse and murder, but can t handle reading about animal mistreatment The reason this book caught my eye was in the title how animals in recovery help us understand ourselves While this book does deal with animal abuse, it s focus was on treating mental illness in animals, how much they have helped us, and how we are changing the way we view and treat animals I found it fascinating The book begins with the author s rescue dog who jumped out of her 4th story window Was it intentional suicide This facilitates the author s endeavor into how similar our own emotional states are to animals She states in the introduction Humans aren t the only animals to suffer from emotional thunderstorms that make our lives difficult and sometimes impossible Like Charles Darwin, who came to the realization than a century ago I believe that nonhuman animals can suffer from mental illnesses that are quite similar to our own While the tales of animal insanity were diverse, and some even historical, what I loved is how animals are beginning to get the attention they deserve Animals have always been used to test medications that go on to help us Why is it that we don t see this testing means our emotions are so similar to their s Would we want to be put in a zoo, ripped from our mothers, forced into hard labor Might we not have some emotional difficulties ourselves While we have used them to test for our medications, we are just beginning to return the favor Yes, Prozac, anti depressants and others are all being used to help animals now.I loved her comment about dogs on leashes and how degrading a leash is to an animal They were born to run, smell, and explore The only time I put my own dog on a leash is when I see another dog behaving erratically because it s owner is dragging it by the leash When I hear someone tell me your dog should be on a leash, I just want to say, you should be on a leash I ve never had to do much training with my dog as I respect her instincts She even looks both ways before crossing a street, no need to teach her that.This is a beautifully balanced book describing how animals and humans can love one another back to health, while also demonstrating how our earlier lack of understanding led to animal insanity, just as it would for us It is always about treating one another as we would want to be treated Loved it


  2. says:

    Engaging initially because the author had a very bad experience with a pet she acquired, I became engaged with the topic when it moved into the history of caging animals, resultant abuse, and ensuing crazy behavior This book helped me move beyond a vague uneasiness I ve felt towards circuses, zoos, and using animals for experiments, to really thinking about the in humaneness of what generally passes for routine treatment of animals throughout not just the uncivilized world, but the civilized world as well Just this morning I happened upon an article about gray California whales who actually seek out fishermen in a cove in Mexico when they re calving despite despicable whaling practices in this very cove in the past The article, which I may have passed over in the past, was read with greater awareness after reading Animal Madness Everything I read or view first hand in the future regarding animal treatment will now be colored by this author s research.I was somewhat awed by how the author managed to travel as far and wide for research as she has Is she incredibly wealthy Did she obtain research grants How could she spend months studying elephants in Thailand and India There s to this story, and I hope this author writes books on this topic and on herself in the future.Her research was well documented by excellent footnotes which took up a good many pages This book is excellent for anyone dealing with animals on a professional level, but is also very accessible for popular reading collections.


  3. says:

    Extremely well documented and scientifically grounded but anecdotal and easy to read and understand If you love animals, you will love and appreciate this book.


  4. says:

    This was a unique book that dealt with how animals and humans are alike in exhibiting common mental illnesses such as depression, suicide, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder The author did a great job of researching animals with mental illnesses that show up both in common literature, on children shows and in research practices used to discover physical and mental cures It was interesting to read about some of the gurus of the psychiatric movement who discovered some of the most widely used counseling theories and the research with animals that led up to that The author also discussed her love for her dog who had significant mental illness It was shocking to discover how much medication is used to treat so called happy animals deal with being around humans as well as to discover how many potent medications are in our food and water sources left over from the treatment of humans and animals with mental illnesses Although at times it was hard to read about bad things happening to animals the love the author had for animals was clear throughout the book I learned a lot and some of my preconceived notions were challenged.


  5. says:

    Humans and animals have shared this planet and some animals have even evolved side by side with humans It should not be surprising that the animals that share our lives like dogs, cats and birds, or the animals that are forced into a human life like performing, working or zoo animals would develop mental health disorders alongside the humans that they interact with Through the lens of her troubled dog, Oliver, Laurel Braitman explores the world of animal mental health in everything from mice to dogs and gorillas to elephants in order to show that humans and every other animal are strikingly similar I have always believed that animals were capable of emotions and when I studied animal behavior in school, I was glad to know that this thought was becoming widely accepted It is now not a question of if, but to what degree Though most of the stories in Animal Madness are anecdotal, there are stories amassed from professionals in the field with a whole life of observational experiences that provide good proof that through psychological meds and behavior therapy, an animal with severe trauma and possible PTSD could recover and lead a healthy life for their species Some of the stories are absolutely heartbreaking for example a working elephant who was pregnant and forced to work during her pregnancy and ultimately giving birth while logging The calf rolled down the hill they were working on and died When the mother refused to work, she was blinded Ultimately, however, though the story is grim, the end result shows how we all need the same things love, understanding of our needs, therapy and medicine This book was provided for free in return for an honest review.


  6. says:

    An enjoyable book, but it was a bit choppy in places I couldn t tell half the time whether I was reading opinion or fact I never got a definitive answer about the madness in animals, and the parting advice on treating animals better to promote better mental and physical health is one I ve always believed anyway I fully agree with the idea that zoos should not be merely a place where humans view animals, but then I ve always supported the zoos with viable breeding programs that release back into the wild where possible I enjoyed most of the enclosures at Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo for example, because the enclosures are so big you often don t see the animals This being said, I enjoyed the experiences of the author They are obviously well traveled and seem to have dealt with a number of elephants in particular If you are daunted by the thickness of the book, most of it is the bibliography I waited a day after finishing to review because I m at the parents in law s house It was a reasonably speedy read otherwise Probably around 3.5 stars, but I knocked it up to 4 because of all I learned.


  7. says:

    At times breathtakingly sad, but often simply compelling and well researched, this book is an engaging presentation of the animal mind, especially when it goes awry Braitman skillfully skims the surface of this vast subject area and shares a variety of evidence and stories Her own backstory of her deeply troubled Bernese mountain dog, Oliver, colors much of her interest in animal madness, and I confess I was drawn to the book because of my own highly anxious dog But the most heart rending stories, in particular, are the animals who are trapped in zoos, circuses, or other animal entertainment industries Their mental suffering is devastating to read about Down with all zoos Up with empathy and much applied research in this field Recommended for anyone who lives with or thinks about animals As Braitman says in her conclusion, there is a great deal that the animal mind can teach us about our own minds And beyond that, there is an immense call for compassion toward the animals that we have made ourselves responsible for.


  8. says:

    This book was engaging, at points horrendously sad and yet insightful as to why our pets do what they do It is amazing what we as the human animal do to our animal peers The author personalizes the book with her own experiences with her dog Oliver I think if you look close you will see many of your pet s traits in Oliver At the very least you will never look at animal behavior the same way again I strongly suggest this book for anyone who has a pet or is thinking about adopting one.


  9. says:

    This turned out not to be science at all, and rather to be PETA propaganda I should have suspected when the author started out with a several chapter long description of her own dog having to be put down because he flipped his stomach upside down due to separation anxiety that I wasn t going to be getting science But then when she started her rant there is no other word for it about how awful zoos are, I knew that it was just a propaganda piece, and would not be getting better.


  10. says:

    Human mental illness is hard to understand, so when we look to animals who aren t able to verbalize their thoughts and feelings, there s another level of difficulty Braitman takes us on a journey on how we ve historically viewed animals and our relationship to them, and how our understanding has evolved over time The many different animal species she uses as examples are so interesting, and the insights gained from learning about their lives surely enriches our own.


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