I'm wondering about how ego relates to how we feel about animals.
I understand the Buddhist doctrine about animals. But my query is about how your attitude towards animals changes (if it does) when your ego is reduced. There is a gulf between humans and animals, because humans believe that animals are less than they are and so are not worthy of 'rights' and are treated as property. I believe that one of the main reasons for this attitude is egotism, which gives humans an inflated sense of their own importance. Therefore, I'm wondering whether as people with reduced or absent egos Buddhists feel less of a gap between them and animals, and that animals feel more kindred to humans - almost that we are human-animals and they are animal-persons - we are actually the same.
My query isn't about doctine, it's about personal feelings and personal ego and how this relates to our feeling about animals.
Thank you very much.