they have just as much rights in this world as we do. Weird eh?
Yes, Kempa, very weird. The fact is that animals can't have rights. If they did you'd have really stupid situations like an animal rights activist pleading for a Tiger's right to bite the head off his trainer (or persecutor), or for damages in lieu.
If they had as much rights in this world as we humans, we wouldn't be able to rear them and then kill them and eat them at a time convenient to us.
The fact is that Man has been given dominion, more or less, over the animal kingdom, as the Good Book says.
What is clear to me is that mankind is under a duty to treat animals without cruelty or unnecessary suffering. It is equally clear that given the choice of saving a human life or an animal life, the human should come first.
I think that a street dog, with no food, at the mercy of the elements and every bigger, more vicious dog, speeding motor car, disease, or infestation is being caused unnecessary suffering. When dogs became domesticated we became their masters with all that goes with that.