This is the second piece to a 4 part series on the foregoing questions on ethics concerning the animal and human relationship.
It is in human nature to try and and understand, comprehend, and fill a gap that we do not understand. The creation of millions of religions throughout history to try and explain something that we do not, the creation of the universe, is proof of our natural inclination to understand something. We take pride in this search for Truth because we believe we are the only animals on earth who are inquisitive enough to embark on the promethean quest for knowledge. Our inquisitive nature encapsulates all of the intellectual arguments for human superiority such as rationality, thought, and communication, for these are all simply means to that end. However, whereas this quest for knowledge is inherent in all of us, whether it be the knowledge of how to walk properly, or how to get to Mars, it is not as important as something else in our nature. More than anything, we wish to be happy. We either consciously or subconsciously wish for happiness, and when we attain it we are more than likely to want more. We try to obtain it through materialism, divine and abstract revelation and thought, or simple love. Some animals may find happiness in simply exerting the effort to persist in the effort of living, but no matter how much more complex our mediums are for attaining happiness, we all share a base line end of happiness with animals.
I look forward to posting pt. 3 and pt.4 in the weeks to come!