Throughout history animals have played a significant role in religious rituals. From sacrificial offerings to manifestations of gods, the roots of animal worship are complex.  One of the most well documented cases of humans worshiping animals takes place in Ancient Egypt. Sculptures and drawings dating as far back as the fourth millennium BC provide clues…

While many animals are celebrated in cultures as symbols of good tidings and fortune, not all animals are so highly esteemed. There are some animals in Western Culture of which people are consistently wary, especially when these animals make an unexpected appearance. Such animals are considered by some to be bad omens and sometimes even…

It may be  difficult to understand how anyone could be afraid of a family pet.  However, the fear of animals, known as zoophobia, is actually very common. This distress can be so intense the individual afflicted will arrange their day in order to avoid the panic they feel when they are confronted with their fears.…

People who handle or keep poisonous snakes have to consider that at some point, whether or not it is their fault, they might get bit. Getting antivenom to deal with the ensuing poisoning however, may not be a simple prospect. If the patient is not given the appropriate antivenom for that particular snake’s venom, the…

In the new series Animal Underworld, activist and singer-songwriter, Henry Rollins, explores the relationships between humans and animals around the world.  While advancements in technology have  allowed a larger audience to access information on  human/animal relationships, individuals have been questioning and challenging the dynamic between people and animals for decades. Music has been a major…

In Animal Underworld: Beast Worship Henry Rollins explores the variety of deep connections that humans have with animals. The human relationship with animals is a complicated one that is steeped in an individual’s beliefs and experiences. While there is some commonality across cultures and nations, you can expect to discover the unexpected when traveling with…

More than 8,000 people are bit by venomous snakes a year in the United States and 99% of these bites are from the Crotalidae (pitviper) family. Rattlesnakes are the most common culprit. Despite the large number of bites, there are only about a dozen deaths resulting from venomous snake bites annually. People just do not…

Anyone who has ever worked in a controlled environment like a zoo with venomous snakes knows that the possibility of a venomous snake bite is serious business. Protocol including alarms and lock down procedures are common place. The right snake, the wrong timing and fangs meeting flesh merits an emergency situation and the entire facility…