All Animals Are Equal. Not.
Which animals are "better"?
Why are dogs better than donkeys? Whales better than prairie dogs? Cats better than rats? Why are eagles better than cormorants? Why is it ok to eat pigs in America but not dogs? To eat ducks but not parakeets? To eat cows but not horses?
Why do pro-animal people want to protect minks and their fur more than cows and their hides?
Remember reading Animal Farm by George Orwell? One of the big takeaways was "All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others." This was on a comment on the hypocrisy of governments that proclaim equality, but don't treat everyone equally. I think we have that same hypocrisy in America regarding our attitude toward animals.
I am honestly puzzled by how we in America have made decisions about which animals deserve our affection and care (even to the extent we help them breed) and which animals can be eaten or considered expendable.
Do cuter animals deserve more care and protection? Domesticated animals like cats and dogs? Useful animals like police dogs and Grand Canyon donkeys? Good tasting animals? Big animals like elephants? Sports quarries like big horn sheep and pheasants?
Is it an accident of history and power that Western influences are prevailing in the world and gradually making the (public) eating of cats and dogs taboo versus, say, an Indian taboo of eating cows?
If I think too hard about this, I could become a vegetarian. Instead, I think I'll go out and order a hamburger and fries.