Animals is the classification for any living creature which is smarter than a human. These things used to live on their own ( some still do) but many are happy letting humans care for them while they go on with their daily life.
Unfortunatly, while some animals have it made, others become roadkill, then fast food hamburgers. And others become clothes. And some just become food. For other animals, or for creatures lower than animals (eg: Humans, Lawyers). Vegetarians are the people who acknowledge that animals are smarter, and will not eat them until they invent higher speed broadband, or LaZ Boys that you can also text on.
Examples of Animals include: Cows, Dogs and Zombies
Contrary to most beliefs, Pet Rocks are not animals. They come from another universe and their intelligence is off the basic animal chart.