Unlike most people outside of any of these "fandoms", I think the line between animal and anthro is well defined. Mixing the two, I think, is akin to mixing Anime/Manga and realist styles of human concept art. Anthros are just as much human as they are animal, so why do they think that people that love to draw traditional animals automatically must like anthros? Do people that like human drawings automatically like anthros? No.
There is nothing wrong with anthros, but they are fundamentally different.
Animal art is one of the largest groups of art on Deviantart (with a good percentage of these artists making the front page daily), so why does it not seem to have its own category? I'm consistently confused as to what gallery moderator I should submit recommendations to.
Spotlights seem to fall on the smaller fan group of anthros far more than the larger group of four-legged creatures.
Do you guys ever notice this or do you have a different opinion? If anyone knows of a gallery moderator that does animal submissions, please tell.
EDIT: I know the word "anthropomorphism" is giving any human characteristics to an animal, but I'm using 'anthro' to refer only to animals with human bodies. I think this is one of the major problems with the genre anyway; it doesn't have specific terms for how human-like or animal-like these creatures are. I think a distinction can be seen, however, when comparing Bambi and Mickey Mouse for example. We have a word for 'anime' style, even though it's the same creature (a human)?