In history, we have heard about women being treated as inferior to men. We also know that colored people were not offered the same rights as white people. This sort of treatment continued for decades, but was unfair and when people challenged them these issues were slowly resolved. These examples show that what was practiced and accepted is not always the right thing. People used animals as property in ancient times, but that does not make it right. Observing animals closely, anyone can see that despite not being able to communicate in a human language, they do talk to one another. They are aware, they understand, think, and feel pain and pleasure, express feelings, talk, procreate, respond, and do many of the things humans do. It is clear from our observations of many species of animals that not all of them respond, understand, communicate, express, and talk to the same degree; nonetheless, they all do.
In the future, it is likely that people will begin to increasingly use non-animal alternatives for their needs. It is a complex issue, and there are so many different opinions. It will take time, but just like other misconceptions were corrected, we believe that people will begin accepting that animals do have rights and start treating them with the respect they rightfully deserve.