Picturing Animals

Domestic Animals

Domestic animals are animals who are kept “in captivity by a human community that maintains total control over their breeding, organization of territory, and food supply” (Clutton-Brock, 2012, p. 3).  According to this definition, dogs, cats, and other companion animals are usually domestic, as are cows, pigs, and other farm animals.  Wolves, lions, and other usually wild animals can also be domestic if, for example, they live in a rehabilitation center, zoo, or other form of captivity.  As with wild and liminal animals, domestic animals are characterized by their living situation, not their species identity.

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