Define “the animal,” “animal studies,” and/or “human-animal studies.”

How do you define the term “animal,” and what are the different ways that you engage with animals in your day-to-day life? Try to categorize some of those different types of engagements. In what way did this week’s assigned learning materials encourage you to think about human-animal interactions from a new perspective? Which text intrigued you the most, and why? Make sure to refer to at least two of this week’s assigned texts in your response via paraphrasing or direct quotations. One of the texts that you cite should be DeMello’s “Human-Animal Studies.”

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