I have seen firsthand how injustice gets overlooked when the victims are powerless or vulnerable, when they have no one to speak up for them and no means of representing themselves to a higher authority. Animals are in precisely that position. Unless we are mindful of their interests and speak out loudly on their behalf, abuse and cruelty go unchallenged.
It is a kind of theological folly to suppose that God has made the entire world just for human beings, or to suppose that God is interested in only one of the millions of species that inhabit God’s good earth.
I love this quote. I love that he says we have to be mindful of animals’ interests. Animals do, in fact, have interests of their own — interests in being free from suffering and to continue their life. Rejecting or refusing to acknowledge this idea allows people to continue to exploit animals. Furthermore, believing that humans are the only species on this planet who matter is a speciesist attitude that also promotes animal exploitation.