FO brings up a good point. People are really rude and at times inhumane to others, but value human life, as in "I hate you but not enough that I sincerely hope you die." Not enough to, say, round up everyone on welfare and "solve" a problem, not even abort fetuses who will likely end up on welfare and perpetuate the problem. Only enough to call people lazy, slutty, cheats and despise supporting them through taxes.
Then there are people who just wish you'd die, but don't kill you. Stares of death, saying things like "drop dead" or "die in a fire," being really glad when you ask your mom what's new in the old 'hood, and she says "Old Mr. Asshollé up the street died."
But overall, people value people. And some animals. Dogs more than cats, some people equal on the cats, but don't give a shit about livestock. Or some livestock more than others. Cows for milk, chickens for eggs, and sheep for wool - because nobody died! Dying may actually be preferable for some of these animals who are used up, living animals more like us than not, squeezed out like a dirty sponge and thrown away. But nobody likes mold, kill mold in a heartbeat. Or a bug. Small pests but not livestock, just bugs but not mammals, anything that's not a human, anything that's not a human or endangered, anything that's not a human or a panda.
I am more like FO, I think. This is my take: I don't care as much for humans. I don't care when some of them died in a car crash, even children. I feel a little for their families, but compartmentalize that from my own small world, all the animals I eat that I compartmentalize from their conditions prior. Look at statistics of causes of death - a lot of people die, a lot of children die. We're not up in arms, we're not crushed to tears unless we hear one personal account, so I am just not moved by that any more than I am numbers on a list, and numbers on a list are bigger, they just don't have faces and names.