Properly considered, we are told, human beings are just a species of chimpanzee anyway.
The “hierarchy” that Dawkins is referring to in the video is the tree of life that evolutionary biologists can generate.
Imagine: pet ownership made a formal legal guardianship complete with enforceable fiduciary duties — that is, if we can have pets at all.
I have no complaint against people who refrain from consuming animal products. Making choices based on one’s moral view is an aspect of human exceptionalism.
Animals don’t have reason or moral accountability but there is abundant evidence that mammals and birds have feelings. And feelings often follow their own rules.