Humans have been taught that we are at the top of a long line of evolution. Certainly we are "better" than worms. We ere taught that the Earth was made for us to plunder. So it's not surprising that some treat other animals like objects, something to chase, imprison, kill, eat. I saw two stories in the last two days that are good reminders of the sentient, empathetic creatures we share the planet with.
Octavia, the octopus who loves to be petted and play tricks on people
These creatures are smart, playful, and incredibly alien - Popular Science
The lion pride that protected a hurt fox (well, dad wasn't into it but mom insisted)