the worship of or excessive attention to animals.
Historical Examples

Remnants of the old Semitic zoolatry perpetuated themselves until the end of paganism and even later.
The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism Franz Cumont

Clemens Alexandrinus, again, after describing the animal-worship of the Egyptians, mentions cases of zoolatry in Greece.
Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1 Andrew Lang

zoolatry is intertwisted with the earliest and most widespread law of prohibited degrees.
Custom and Myth Andrew Lang

(esp in ancient or primitive religions) the worship of animals as the incarnations of certain deities, symbols of particular qualities or natural forces, etc
extreme or excessive devotion to animals, particularly domestic pets

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