Animal love or animal friendship is the feeling of affection people have toward non-human animals. Some might argue that love for an animal is a part of the affection they have for their animal, an emotion of bonding or emotion which can border on bonding, fondness, or emotions. For others it takes on deeper or even realer forms, surrounding themselves with often stray animals out of compassion and becoming somewhat isolated from society.
At an extreme, a compulsive behavior to care for animals can cause problems or even result in unintended animal abuse, as such people are not always capable of taking care of all the animals properly and neighbors often complain about the noise and smell.
The love for animals stems from many causes. For many people, bonding to a pet or animal is a natural and valued process – children often do this very deeply, as do many adults who consider themselves animal lovers. Some people who are unable to find suitable human love (or who have lost their lifetime partner) may find themselves having a great deal of love for their pet. For others, strong ethical stances are also a part of their love for animals – for example, in connection with or related to conservationism, environmentalism, and/or veganism/vegetarianism. One can love animals out of a general respect for nature and the environment, or become a vegetarian or conservationist out of one's love for animals.
Separate terms for various animals:
The Greek word zoophilia means "animal love" when literally translated, and in Greek it originally has the notion of animal friendship. In modern day colloquial English however, the word zoophilia is nearly always used to describe a sexual attraction towards animals.
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