hippie's blog as quoted by Square jawThe same applies to animals, they look different and act different but we share with them a yearning to be free, to love, and to take care of our families.
It is always a dangerous game to play, this tendency of yours to ascribe human feelings and cognition to other species. Let's deconstruct shall we.
To be free: The way you use freedom in this context implies more than a simple desire not to be restrained. Most animals, at least those with a certain level of brain complexity, do not like to be enclosed in restrictive spaces. Reptiles seem to have very little problem with it, their brains are much simpler. However, the Enlightenment inspired sense of freedom you use is not something that can be shared by other species. I don't think you'll be seeing a chimp version of Declaration of the Rights of Man
To love: Animals can form social bonds, but again there is absolutely no evidence beyond anthropomorphic description that they have anything analogous to our concept of love. Your dog may bond with you as a member of its pack; it may appreciate that you feed it; but to say that it loves you is to project your own feelings.
To take care of families: Most species have precocious young, so there is nothing comparable to a "family." Even those with altritial young have a biological imperative to ensure the propagation of their genes. To place the label "family" on this care is to seriously misunderstand basic behaviors.
Language is a powerful tool. Let's not undermine our work for equal rights by making outrageous arguments backed up by faulty premises, poor logic, and unfounded assertions.