Posted by ahimsa32fa at 05/20/16 05:26:23First of all, humans are animals, so respecting "animal life" includes humans by definition.
This is critical as it's the illusion of human separation from and superior to the other animals that is at the root of most all our problems.
I've always loved the Golden Rule...found in all religions but also in the philosophy of many non-religious folks. It's the concept of superiority that almost always leads to the abandonment of the Golden Rule...
While I recognize that many religious people care about non-human animals, I can't ignore the fact that the Old Testament condones racism, slavery, genocide, sexism, capital punishment and even torture. I look to logic, compassion and common sense to make my ethical decisions, not necessarily any scripture.