As an animal lover, I am a firm believer that all animal life is valuable. All, animal life, that is, and human life is the most valuable of all.
If the human animal were wiped off the face of the earth tomorrow, the rest of the animal kingdom would get on with its life and not even notice, but if all species but humans were to disappear, humans would be unable to survive without them. The humans need animals in a way that no animal would ever need a human.
We need animals for food, clothing, companionship, for entertainment, for research, for education, we need their strengths and their instincts.
To misquote the words of a famous animal activist, animals are ours to eat, to wear, to hunt, to be entertained by, to experiment on. Animals were put on this earth as part of a very delicately balanced plan, we call it the web of life, the food chain, the balance of nature, and it is as important today as it has ever been.