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Daniel Nelson

M.S. in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) Candidate 2022

Bachelor’s in East Asian Studies, Eckerd College, 2010

Current Position:
Sales Associate, Former Millwork associates at Lowe’s

What were you doing before entering the M.S. in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) program?
Before entering I was taking some time off from education and considering what would come next. During this time I lived at home and cared for my 2 cats and snake, spent time with lifelong friends as well as spent some time with nature.

What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
I have always had an affinity toward animals. I learned a lot about the environment in college but have come to realize that a more equal understanding about animals may be a key to helping the environment.
That aside I feel animals are poorly treated around the world as if they don’t have feeling like any of us.
This program is focused on and animal behavior and emotional studies to ultimately help their lives along.

Interests in and experience with animals
I enjoy time with all animal species though personally I have 2 cats and a snake. My snake is probably the most interesting as I have been developing his bio active vivarium for years now and found that he actually chooses to stay in there! Apart from that I’ve worked with many huskies and other species to train or dog sit and helped with some reptile breeding as well!

What do you want to focus on at MAPP?
I want to study animal behaviors and their ideal living conditions. What aspects of society really impact general wildlife. Wildlife keeps our planet healthy by cycling resources through the environment, without a clear balance between our space and theirs, humanity is over developing the land and taking without regard for the natural life around us. This is seen in growing cites as foxes and raccoons have to search our backyards and trash for food instead of their natural sources.

What are your career goals?
I’d say my goal would be to bring up animal rights to be equal to any humans rights within our nation. The idea of animal and human rights being separated has always bothered in life and I feel like that has a large impact on improper treatment of animals.

What are your outside interests?
I enjoy mountain biking and a variety of high adrenaline sports such as rugby. When I have the time, I work on my bike to keep it running at its best or spend time tending to my pets.

Number of pets? What type?
-One orange tabby cat, Mitten, who is 15 and has always acted like an old sweet cat.
-One all black 2 year old names Shadow. To be honest he enjoys rougher play and attention and is even know to play fetch with toys.
-One inverse Okeetee corn snake (Ultramel Sunkissed inverse Okeetee). I have raised him since he was about 3 months old.

Is there anything else you would like to share?
I grew up traveling the world with my family. We grew up traveling between the United States and various African nations.

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