If you believe there is a God, the animals and the highest creatures must be the same.
A God who is partial to his children called men, and cruel to his children called brute beasts, is worse than a demon. I would rather die a hundred times than worship such a God. My whole life would be a fight with such a God.
But there is no difference, and those who say there is, are irresponsible, heartless people who do not know.
- Swami Vivekananda,
Practical Vedanta I,