Animal

Are we animals. No, we are human beings. We say no with utter conviction. Why are we so afraid to be one animal among others? Why did philosophers for centuries try to find a clear distinction between animals and us? I guess that there is a hidden utilitarian reason behind this chatty reasoning. We don’t want to be treated like animals. Why do we compare some people to animals, barbarians, savages, indigenous, biests? I guess we want to treat some people like animals. What is there to say: Maybe we should start to fight for human rights by fighting for animal rights.