The ancient adage - Treat others as you would like to be treated is Golden.
Animals have souls and are equally important as you and I. God / universal source did not put animals here on earth for us to eat. That belief many people still hold onto is erroneous.
All creatures have divine spiritual energy. Hurting, causing harm brings that upon our self, for what we give out comes back and this universal law also applies collectively as a society, nation and world.
We have all seen on the news what's happening around the globe and cannot deny Karma ripening. All life is connected therefore, we are all responsible. Live wisely, act with kindness, be aware of ones choices.