But that’s true, animals have a conscious mind and cognitive thought so they can perceive suffering and emotion, plants don’t have that capacity.
Your point? If I compare plants to animals and animals to plants and I do it because they are both alive and the discussion is about chemical reactions am I objectifying animals?
Why do people keep thinking as animals as something separate from the rest of the living creatures? I know that animals are more similar to us (NOT ALL of animals, of course). Does this mean that we have the right to consider objects all non-animals living.