We all do it. Pick and mix the animals we choose to care about and empathise with. Our dogs and cats. The pets we say we love. On the other side of the mix are the farmed animals we eat and the ugly animals that seem to inspire a visceral antipathy.
Yet, if we take time to notice, it is clear how like other animals we are and how similar they are to us. Above all we share all those instinctive feelings, feelings like fear, love, joy and misery. We are all capable of suffering.
Accepting this makes the way we treat the animals in our control - in factory farms, in fur farms, in breeding programmes, those pets we keep in cages - a saga of cruelty.
This is what I hope my books and Huffington Post blogs show. The first book (On the Menu) is detailed. The second, being an A-Z, is easy to dip into. And the third (Caitlin and the Factory Farm Demo) aims to mix humour and entertainment with the serious topic of animal suffering.