"As the most dominant and influential animals on earth, humans have a responsibility to all other animals."
Human beings are indeed animals and yet more at the same time, having been
fashioned into the image of God, to grow into God's likeness. Doesn't
make the statement above any less true. Growing into that likeness involves precisely
our understanding and living the responsibility we have towards others,
our fellow human beings and also our fellow animals with whom we have
genetic and material commonality.