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Don't know where to start? Consider these categories compiled by the Animals Studies program at Michigan State University
... the philosophical and ethical underpinnings regarding our treatment of animals.
... the use of language and other methods of communication among animals, including cross-species cooperation, as well as human perceptions of animal mindedness.
... deal with hunting and the domestication of animals, including discussions of animal economies such as the commodification of animals for their end products (note there is a separate Animals as Food category).
... the historical and contemporary use of animals as entertainment and spectacle, such as in zoos, circuses and marine animal theme parks.
... the numerous issues related to the keeping of companion animals, such as the literature on the human-animal bond and the abuse of companion animals.
... the various ways in which animals are used as symbols in human society. This includes animals as symbols of a nation, country or social group and a myriad of other instances of animals as representations of human culture.
... the use of animals in science (both the natural and social scientific sciences), education and in human therapy and rehabilitation.
... regarding a specific time period or historical overviews of animals and the human-animal relationship.
... the use and perception of animals as food as well as the numerous debates surrounding the practices required to consume animals.
... includes both fictional and nonfictional citations regarding animals in literature, art and other forms of popular culture including advertisements and magazines.
... concerning ecofeminism, the interlinking of feminist and animal issues, and feminist perspectives on animals.
... animals in religion, myth and folktales from around the world. This category will include subjects such as animism, totemism, ritual and sacrifice, religious perceptions of animals, and mythologies.
... address wildlife issues, various conflicts that have occurred or continue to take place between humans and animals, as well as international and local conservation efforts.