Animals are sentient. They can think, feel and perceive. This information is not new, but it's interesting when you really think about what that means. The huge roles that animals have played and still play in our world cannot be overestimated- companionship, transportation [migration and wars and deliveries], communication, food, security, entertainment and lots more, all for free- unpaid work, 'cause they actually work. 💜
I'm in awe of these species that we share the earth with- the ones that have been domesticated, and the ones that have not, and should not. From the beginning, even before us, they have existed, and till the very end, they will be. From how they were created before us, to the snake, to Noah's ark, to sacrifices- Abraham and the ram, for one, to God sending ravens to feed prophet Elijah, to Jonah and the whale of correction, to Jesus catching lots of fish, to feeding thousands of people fish when God multiplied just 2, to the donkey in Jerusalem, to the crowing cock, to Jesus's white horse, to God being the Lion of the tribe of Judah, animals appear almost everywhere as far as spirituality is concerned- the Yoruba creation story and the cock is one, Hinduism and elephants is another, Osun likes peacocks, Ogun likes dogs, Oya likes water buffalos/kites.The most animal-conscious people in my opinion are the native Americans. They honour them, because before civilization, survival would have been impossible without animals. God knew this, so he let the animals remain with us, post-the garden of Eden.
Being anthropocentric beings [our thinking is always human-centered- if it's not human, it's non-human], we tend to not pay attention to these, or appreciate these other species that we've not taken enough time to really know/appreciate.
One last thing, Gen. 1:26- Then God said, "Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." God's original intent for creating us, at least according to the Bible, was that- it's all very animal-centered...