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Check out the current issue of Sloth, ASI’s human-animal studies journal for undergrads!

Sloth is an online bi-annual journal that publishes international, multi-disciplinary writing by undergraduate students and recent (within three years) graduates that deals with human/non-human animal relationships from the perspectives of the social sciences, the humanities, and the natural sciences. Sloth showcases the important and innovative contributions of undergraduates, giving those who are interested in human/non-human animal relationships a way to contribute to and engage with the field, as well as an opportunity to build their skills, knowledge, and resumes in anticipation of their graduate school careers. This issue includes the following:

Editors’ Introduction.” Kelly Enright, Richie Nimmo, and Joel MacClellan

What Does It Mean to be Human, and Not Animal? Examining Montaigne’s Literary Persuasiveness in ‘Man is No Better Than the Animals.'” Rory W. Collins

The Ecological and Human-Centered Benefits of Wolf Reintroduction to Yellowstone National Park.” Allison G. Kelley

Deforestation and Poaching Consequences on Dwindling Populations of Lions (Panthera leo), Tigers (Panthera tigris), and Jaguars (Panthera onca).” Abigail Robinson

“The Question of Non-Human Animals in Sociology.” Albert Ferkl

Sloth takes its name from arboreal animals native to Central and South America known for their relatively slow, careful movements. Because of their unhurried nature, sloths are often stereotyped as dull-witted, sluggish, and lazy; the animal was named, in fact, after one of the seven deadly sins. Yet the deliberate movements of sloths are a beneficial adaptation, making them very successful animals in the rainforest environment. By conserving energy, sloths have survived while other animals have gone extinct. A salute to these and other misunderstood creatures, Sloth encourages our contributors to think and write purposefully about the animals–individuals and species–with whom we share this planet and to engage critically and creatively with more-than-human ways of being in the world.

“Sloths have no right to be living on this earth, but they would be fitting inhabitants of Mars, whose year is over six hundred days long.” William Beebe (1926)

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