as they do for pandas. I love animals as much as the next guy. OK not as much as some, but still.... Animals ain't people. It's that simple. Why is a dog man's best friend? Because he is ultimately stupid and able to be dominated by humans. I love dogs -- they should not be intentionally harmed, but neither should you have an accident with another human to avoid hitting a dog.
Raising animals to the level of humans only devalues humans.