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The Tales We Tell Ourselves About Animals

How fiction impacts the way we see animals

A young child sitting on a couch next to a window, reading a book.
Photo: Josh Applegate via Unsplash

The idiosyncrasies of our attitude towards animals are perfectly encapsulated by fiction. Every time a story about an animal goes viral, I am reminded of particular pieces of fiction that have stuck with me all these years. Some of my earliest memories of animals come from the fictional world. Mickey, Dumbo, Simba…

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