Students in Animals and Society created an original piece of work to addresses a key issue related to other animals in our society. They were given no parameters on their creativity other than that it be of high quality, be of direct relevance to the content of the course, and be something that can have an impact in the world. They came up with lots of great stuff! Below, in alphabetical order, are their projects.
Please note, all projects are posted, but their grades are not. Most projects take care to treat other animals in a respectful and nonspeciest manner. If you want to know more about why students chose each project, how they think it relates to the content of the class, and what they hope it will achieve, read the Project Essay that accompanies the project. If you click on the “Project Essay” hyperlink for each project you will also be taken to the essay accompanying the project. Select projects are also posted on About Animal by Animals, the Animals and Society class blog which features work from every semester of students who have taken the class since it began in Spring 2017.
Issue: Animal Trapping
by Cornel Crawford
Purpose: Education/direct impact on animals
Issue: The health and birth defects that dogs are born with from breeding
Life inside concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs)
by Emily Downs
Purpose: Informative, critical thinking
Issue: Cruel, stressful, and hard lives for animals in CAFO’s
Author Bio: Emily Downs is a third year student at Minnesota State University Mankato, who is in the Animals and Society course this semester. She currently resides in Mankato with her one year old son and boyfriend. She has a great love for animals and loves to learn how society can impact animals, and the relationships we have with wildlife around living and with us. She has volunteered with local humane shelters and has 2 dogs of her own.
One small step for human animal, one giant leap for non-human animal kind
by Liz Entler
What: Building Model
Issue: The impact of our urban environment on non-human animals that we share the Earth with.
Author Bio: Liz Entler is a Sophomore at Minnesota State College, Mankato majoring in Zoology. She has loved animals for as long as she can remember and has strived to keep them happy and health. Liz spends her weekends working at a The Paw making sure everyone’s companion animals are safe and sound while their caretakers are on vacation. She enjoys spending all her time with her beloved friends, Matilda; a 12-year-old yorkie/papillon, and her 3 cats; Betty, Plomo, and Panther.
Adopt Don’t Shop
by Emma Fendrick
What: Informational video
Purpose: Education; Awareness/understanding
Issue: Animals in shelters
Author Bio: Emma Fendrick is a current full-time student at Minnesota State University Mankato. She is an animal lover and has been surrounded by them her whole life. She is currently employed at a veterinary clinic near her home, and hopes to pursue a career in veterinary medicine, and to help create a better life for nonhuman animals.
Aquapoincs, a sustainable alternative to commercial fishing
by Sara Garcia
Purpose: education, awareness/understanding
Issue: The commercial fishing industry
The Life of a Vegan
by Jenna Holman
Don’t Kill Fish!
by Audrey N. Hopwood
Purpose: Education; Awareness/ understanding
Issue: Recreational fishing in Minnesota
Author Bio: Audrey Hopwood is a college undergraduate student and is taking the class Animals in society. Her goal is to help give a better understanding to the public on the animal cruelty that is happening in the world today.
A World without
by Djimon James
What: Poem (spoken word)
Purpose: Critical Thinking, Awareness and understanding
Issue: How our interactions with animals can be detrimental to the future of our society
Excerpt from poem:
God tells Noah what is needed for survival
He made space on his boat
For two of any animal that could not swim or float
“In god we trust”
Is what I see on the money in my wallet
But all that money does is trust in man
So much so that
Every day we
might possibly take away
200 of the very thing Noah was to keep safe
Author Bio: Djimon James is in his third year at Minnesota State Mankato as a Sociology and Sports management. He has taken courses regarding the studies of human to human interaction and human to animal interaction. He hails from Conyers, Georgia and has spent a portion of his life in New York, New York. He lives with his dog and has spent time on farms and various other places where animals and humans interact.
They Feel Too
by Michelle Johnson
What: Photo collage
Author Bio: Michelle Johnson is a sophomore at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She plans to use her zoology major to study and observe animal behavior. Michelle’s passion for animals has always been a factor in her life and she strives to make all animals happy and healthy.
A New Home For Toby and Bailey
by Rebecca C. Johnson
What: Children’s book
Purpose: Education; activism
Issue: Animal cruelty in laboratories
Excerpt from book:
Author Bio: Becca Johnson is currently attending Minnesota State University, Mankato as a PSEO student. An animal lover and an avid reader, Becca has incorporated animal activism into her own life by constantly educating herself on the subject. She aims to influence others to live a more animal conscious life to better communities and the planet as a whole.
Hiding Season (Deer artwork)
by Emma Krom
What: Drawing in oil/pastel
Purpose: Critical thinking
Issue:Hunting deer for sport
Author Bio: Emma Krom is a freshman at Minnesota State University, Mankato majoring in Anthropology. Being that she has lived her whole life with at least one companion animal by her side, Emma cares greatly for animals and has a passion for protecting them. Nothing gives her greater joy than nurturing the animals at her grandmother’s farm. She comes from generations of animal rights activists who inspire her to be a voice for non-human animals.
Some We Eat
by Nicole Michealson
What: How-to vegan baking video
Project: Some We Eat
Purpose: Awareness/Understanding Issue: Veganism
Author Bio: Nicole Michealson is a freshman at Minnesota State University- Mankato. Nicole is in the RISEBio learning community and is currently majoring in zoology. She is passionate about non-human animals, and the environments they live in.
by Danielle Morgan
What: Heated stuffed animal for orphaned animals & how-to guide
Purpose: Direct care/impact on animals; Education
Issue:Non-human animals in need of comfort; Speciesism.
Author Bio: Dani Morgan is a student is college who doesn’t quite know what she wants to be in life yet. But she does know that she enjoys animals and cares about them. She has had many dogs and cats and has cared for other non-human animals so that they could go back home
Presentation by Dante and Catsu
by Dante Pech
Issue: How to treat companion cats more respectfully and thoughtfully
Author Bio: Dante is an animal lover who was raised with cats around the house, so he has a particular soft spot for felines. He appreciates quality time with friends and family. He also really appreciates creativity, and the lighthearted moments that come with it. If he could, he would love little more than to have a cabin up north, and be surrounded by the friends and family he cares deeply about.
Behind The Scenes of Zoos and Circuses
by Kathryn Peterson
Issue: Animals used for Entertainment
Author Bio: Kathryn Peterson is a freshman at Mankato Student University that majors in Psychology. She writes to bring voices to non-human animals that can’t speak for themselves. Kathryn works as a receptionist at a salon but hopes to soon work in a job involved with helping these furry beings.
Culture & Veganism
By Naomi Pigeon
Purpose: Education/ awareness
Topic: Swapping animal products for vegan friendly ones
Author Bio: Naomi is a student at Minnesota State University, Mankato majoring in political science with a minor in sociology. She enjoys bringing light to issues in Indian Country by raising awareness through education and activism. A lover of traveling, her culture, animals and the environment. She has been invited to speak and share her culture in Hawaii, New Zealand, and many colleges and schools throughout the United States and has gave impromptu lessons on dakota culture and their connection to animals and the land at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian and aided in creating a new course on Dakota culture at South Central College.
Ella Escapes the Circus
by Marlen Ramirez
What: Children’s book
Issue: Animals in the entertainment industry, circuses in specific. Increasing non-speciesist children’s literature
Author Bio: Marlen Ramirez is a post secondary enrollment option (PSEO) student from Saint Peter, Minnesota. She is currently a senior in high school but is attending Mankato State University full time until graduation. She is passionate about animal rights and furthers her education by reading and informing herself about current topics revolving non-human animals.
Dangers of Roadkill
by Mikaela Sutherland
Issue: Animals killed by cars
Author Bio: Mikaela Sutherland is a first-year student at Minnesota State University-Mankato. Her major is Zoology, so she is very passionate about animals. She enjoys expanding her knowledge on animal rights and hopes to become a better animal activist herself.
How to go Cruelty Free
by Ashleigh Thunen
Purpose: education, awareness/understanding
Issue: Animal testing
Author Bio: Ashleigh Thunen is a freshman at Minnesota State University, Mankato and is an animal lover. She is in the Animals and Society sociology class which discusses how animals and humans interact. She is also on her way to being completely cruelty free.
Infographic of Animals Used in Holidays
by Nicolas Woosley
Issue: Informing issues prevalent with animals and Thanksgiving that also occur on Christmas.
Author Bio: Nicolas Woosley attends Minnesota State University as a Sport Management major. He has one other article that can be accessed on this website, and countless essays and the like that he has written over the past years. This blog post was written for the Animals and Society class offered at the university. Read more articles about animals from other students of this class, past and present, on this website. Check them out!