People generally care for animals, but for different reasons. These differences reflect a lack of consensus concerning the status of animals in society and our duties, if any, towards them.
Differences within and between cultures are also revealing. When we look at the reasons why we care for animals, we find that the more we care for them for their sakes, the more we liberate ourselves from the self-limiting realms of egotism and anthropocentrism.
We then can experience the sanctity of all life, its sacred dimensions of co-evolving interdependence, transformation and self-realization; and celebrate our creative participation in the universe as we engage in the ever-deepening inter-communion of life universal.