I checked all but religion, im not a religious person. I highly value those. Idk about placing animals at human level. Although I do have respect and sympathy for the welfare of animals, and think animal torture and abuse is wrong but I don't think in a serious situation I would place a animals life over a human one.
I remember watching District 9 a few years ago when that first came out, although the emphasis of the movie was to feel bad for the aliens, I didn't for some reason. It was the opposite for me in that case. I think it had something to do with the fact these aliens had advance technology to travel light years in space, come to earth and then randomly get stuck out of nowhere. It didn't make much sense, idk.