What is animal?

Animal

Animals are a major group of multicellular, eukaryotic organisms of the kingdom Animalia or Metazoa. Their body plan eventually becomes fixed as they develop, although some undergo a process of metamorphosis later on in their life. Most animals are motile, meaning they can move spontaneously and independently. All animals are also heterotrophs, meaning they must ingest other organisms or their products for sustenance.

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Some articles on animal:

Animal - Ethics
... Animals are regarded by philosophers like Peter Singer as ethical subjects ... Animal rights movements have worked to promote animal welfare ...
Monkey - Relationship With Humans - In Experiments
... Macaques, especially the Rhesus Macaque, and African Green Monkeys are widely used in animal testing facilities, either wild-caught or purpose-bred ... Animal rights activists claim that their use is cruel and produces little information of value, and there have been many protests, vandalism to testing facilities and ... The topic has become a popular cause for animal rights and animal welfare groups ...
Walter Burkert - Burkert's Theory of Sacrificial Ritual
... Salted-barley corns from the basket were thrown on the animal’s head and into the altar fire ... A lock of hair from the animal is then cut and burned, libation being poured on the altar with prayer ... After silence is proclaimed, the music of flutes begins and the animal is slain ...
Animal Behaviour
... Animal behaviour is the subject of The field of ethology Animal Behaviour, a scientific journal ...
Nalgene - Controversy
... targeted in a nationwide boycott by campus-based animal rights activists for products used in animal experimentation ... research "conducted only within the guidelines of the federal Animal Welfare Act and only when necessary." ...

More definitions of "animal":

  • (adj): Of the nature of or characteristic of or derived from an animal or animals.
    Example: "The animal kingdom"; "animal instincts"; "animal fats"
  • (adj): Of the appetites and passions of the body.
    Example: "Animal instincts"
    Synonyms: carnal, fleshly, sensual

Famous quotes containing the word animal:

    Certain anthropologists hold that man, having discovered tools, ceased to evolve biologically. Animals, never having discovered them, continue to fashion drills out of their beaks, oars out of their hind feet, wings out of their forefeet, suits of armor out of their hides, levers out of their horns, saws out of their teeth. Whether this be true or not, all authorities agree that man is the tool-using animal. It sets him off from the rest of the animal kingdom as drastically as does speech.
    Stuart Chase (1888–1985)

    ... these great improvements of modern times are blessings or curses on us, just in the same ratio as the mental, moral, and religious rule over the animal; or the animal propensities of our nature predominate over the intellectual and moral. The spider elaborates poison from the same flower, in which the bee finds materials out of which she manufactures honey.
    Harriot K. Hunt (1805–1875)

    When we understand that man is the only animal who must create meaning, who must open a wedge into neutral nature, we already understand the essence of love. Love is the problem of an animal who must find life, create a dialogue with nature in order to experience his own being.
    Ernest Becker (1924–1974)