I also love animals. Those that abuse animals or do not give them the proper care are scum to me. No matter who you are, if I find out that you are not giving your animal the proper care and love that they deserve then you can fully expect that I will never talk to you again. Domesticated animals are basically helpless when it comes to abuse. They don't know why you are screaming at them or kicking them. All they know is that they did something and now they are being overly punished. Dogs don't know why you fight them against other dogs for money. You have taught them to be aggressive and because of your idiotic actions that dog is withstanding pain and can possibly die.
I love lots of things, and I think the things I love and how protective I am over them really shapes me as a person and has greatly helped me figure out what I want to do with my life; protect.