I won't say that you're saying animals have a right to live, since we like to eat some of them, but you ARE saying they have a right to not be harmed unnecessarily. Qualifications regarding ability to understand are neither here nor there. We still advocate those unable to understand some level of right of protection.
Huntsman / Kasich 2020
Then: "Any child can grow up to be President."
Now: "Any child can be President."