At what point.....
At what point does a living being take on properties that makes it precious and in need of preservation?
Does a dust mite deserve protection?
A black mold spore?
A roof rat?
Where is that line for you?
Do you destroy (or buy pre-destroyed) animals to eat?
To wear for leather?
What reasons for ending an animal's life are valid and pure?
What makes a carrot so different from a cat?
What would you do if you learned that carrots feel pain and wheat suffers when it is crushed?
Is this not the ultimate animal debate? Back up your answers with a philosophical groundwork, if you have one.