"Why should we believe that we are spiritual beings, but that animals are not - that we can walk a spiritual path, but they cannot? Many of the great spiritual Masters have seemed to love these beings called animals. Buddha said that 'when a man has pity on all living creatures, only then is he noble'. Allah talks about bees being spiritual creatures and carrying divine messages to us. Jesus proclaimed 'Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature'. He didn't say just your fellow human beings. Of course, if we believed that animals were spiritual beings, just as we are, we would have to treat them with dignity. Maybe that's what some people are afraid of."