Kinship

I’ve been told I tend to anthropomorphize these creatures but you will never convince me that they aren’t thinking many of the same things we are and acting accordingly. Proof?

Not from These Parts

This was the adult version of the Jungle Cruise, except in Cajun Disneyworld you don’t fasten your seatbelt or keep your limbs in the vehicle, plus there’s a ton of booze. We squealed...

To Spook or Not to Spook

A relationship with a horse is just like any other relationship. It involves listening in addition to making requests or talking. We’re learning a new language by paying close attention...

Interview

From companion animals to masses of horses and mules, animals in effect became warriors in the Civil War. Some of them, such as artillery and cavalry horses, were trained as rigorously as...

How Hounds Scented Souths: Recounting Race, Ruin, and Resilience

Interspecies violence linked the empires of the western hemisphere, as well as the resistance efforts of Black people separated by thousands of miles and multiple centuries.

Gratitude and Treasuring Lives: Eating Animals in Contemporary Japan

In March 2009, Gifu City began to celebrate the Thanksgiving Festival for Food and Animals, later renamed Thanksgiving Festival for Food and Lives in 2013. Initially organized by the United...

Different Feathers: Reflections on John Abbot’s Summer Red Bird

As a scientific illustration, it is both decidedly Southern and international in its geography, its red bird in dialogue with both the eighteenth century and the present regarding...

Dogs or Gods: The Roles of Animals in Ancient Egypt and Greece

Having lived in China, the United States, and Scotland, I, as a dog owner for most of my life, notice the universal love people have for their animal companions. Now that I am studying...

Summer 2022

Animals play diverse roles in human lives, beyond prey or predator, friend or food. Our contributors in this issue explore intriguing aspects of our relationships with the animal kingdom across cultures and centuries, mythologies and religions. Equally compelling is the lesson we learn from close interaction and observation of other species: that their instincts and reactions are surprisingly akin to our own.