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.
If, when defending your support for Donald Trump, and your response is,
"But but but... HILLARY!!!", then you lost the argument before you even began.